A week before Christmas, a young photographer discovers a plastic-wrapped corpse amid the sand dunes north of Cape Town. The only thing found on the corpse is a dead iPhone, but it doesn't take long for the police to identify the body as that of Ernst Richter - the tech whiz behind MyAlibi, an Internet service that provides unfaithful partners with sophisticated cover stories to hide affairs. Meanwhile, Benny Griessel is called to the scene of a multiple homicide involving a former colleague, and four years of sobriety are undone on the spot. He emerges from his drunken haze determined to quit the force, but the indomitable Major Mbali Kaleni, now his boss, wants Griessel on the Richter case.
The high-profile murder has already been the subject of fierce media speculation, with questions swirling about the potential for motive: Could the perpetrator be one of the countless jilted spouses? An aggrieved client? Before the week is out, an unexpected connection to a storied family winery comes to light, and Griessel's reputation is again on the line. Mounting toward a startling conclusion, Icarus is another exceptional novel from the "King of South African Crime".
©2015 Deon Meyer (P)2015 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
"The sublime voice of Simon Vance enhances this fascinating story.... Vance skillfully re-creates South Africa's melodious voices and diverse accents as the police question multiple witnesses and suspects." (AudioFile)
What more can I say? Great characters. Excellent plots that come together (or do they?) in unexpected ways. Start from the first one and listen to them in order. Simon Vance does credit to the author by delivering a stellar performance in each novel. So sad this is the last one. Hope Mr. Meyer is about done with the next installment.
Regardless of the mediocre novel this time the author is generally a very good read.
This is the very bottom.
I am a Simon Vance fan and continue to be. The mid range rating is partially due to the matreila he had to read this time out.
Can't wait for Meyer's next book since I am certain it will redeem my faith in him.
Say something about yourself!
Expertly written, expertly translated, expertly performed.
Deon Meyer crafts a compelling story, Simon Vance brings me back to South Africa.
No. Simon Vance reading Icarus is like Danny Glover's narration of The Long Walk To Freedom. Terrible. Please can we get some authenticity into the narration, nothing irks me more than have mispronunciation of such a magnitude that you actually have to re-listen to finally understand that a simple South African word is being butchered. Please get Saul Reichlin to do the narration.
Long Walk to Freedom - narrated by Danny Glover instead of John Khani. The same terrible non contextual rubbish. The story is always only as good as the telling!
Hugely. How can a non South African narrator be used? He could not pronounce everyday South Africanisms and it just sucked.
No...it grated on me due to the performance
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