A young woman makes a terrible confession to a priest. An honorable man takes his own revenge for an unspeakable tragedy. An aging inspector tries to get himself sober while taking on the most difficult case of his career. From this beginning, Deon Meyer weaves a story of astonishing complexity and suspense, as Inspector Benny Griessel faces off against a dangerous vigilante who has everything on his side, including public sympathy.
A gruesome abuse case has hit the newsstands, and one man has taken it upon himself to stand up for the children of Cape Town. When the accused is found stabbed through the heart by spear, it's only the beginning of a string of bloody murders - and of a dangerous dilemma for detective Griessel. The detective is always just one step behind as someone slays the city's killers.
But the paths of Griessel and the avenger collide when a young prostitute lures them both into a dangerous plan - and the two find themselves with a heart-stopping problem that no system of justice could ever make right.
©2008 Deon Meyer (P)2012 HighBridge Company
“Complex, finely wrought characters, keen psychological insight, and a compelling plot.... Easily Meyer’s finest effort to date.” (Publishers Weekly)
Another book about modern Capetown, South Africa. The primary officer in this story is Inspector Denny Griesel. He has spent much of the past decade in his police work drunk. He can’t stand the pain of things he is forced to encounter in his job, post traumatic stress, and he drinks to stop the pain. But he has finally reached a point where he wants to stop. He’s tried before, and manages, after getting dried out, to be sober for a brief period of time but then falls off the wagon. His wife has finally had enough and kicks him out and says she won’t consider staying married to him unless he can stay sober for at least six months. He is in the process of trying to get through that period, and trying to establish for the first time a relationship with his children. The main case he is dealing with here is again something that initially looks like a serial killer at work, but the police soon realize that the killer focuses on killing men or women who have harmed or murdered children. Benny thinks that this man, whoever he is, must have had the tragic loss of a child, and he sets out to track him down. We have drug lords, sex workers, and one man avenging children, and Benny’s painful task of staying sober. Very good.
Yes. Interesting and believable characters, exciting and believable plot.
Vance does great with all characters
The whole book
If you liked Harry Bosch, you'll love the characters created by Deon Meyer, a South African writer--espcially Bennie!
Any of Michael Connelly's books
Watch out for the curves.
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