Thirteen Hours

by Deon Meyer, K.L. Seegers

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South African detective Benny Griessel has one day to solve two murders in the award winning, #1 bestselling thriller—“This book is great!” (Michael Connelly).
Winner of the Barry Award for Best Thriller
As morning dawns in Cape Town, Det. Capt. Benny Griessel finds himself facing a difficult day. A South African music executive has been shot dead. An American teenager’s body has been found on the street, her throat cut. And her friend Rachel Anderson is somewhere in the city, terrified and alone, but hopefully still alive. For both cases, time is short and media attention is high. And while the homicide detective has been sober for 156 days, day 157 is going to be a tough one . . .
A #1 bestseller in South Africa, winner of the 2011 Boeke Prize Fanatics Choice Award, and a finalist for the CWA International Dagger, Thirteen Hours is an atmospheric, intensely gripping novel from “a serious writer who richly deserves the international reputation he has built” (The Washington Post).
“Deon Meyer is one of the unsung masters. Thirteen Hours proves he should be on everyone’s reading list.” —Michael Connelly, New York Times–bestselling author of the Harry Bosch novels
“A deft storyteller.” —Publishers Weekly

  • Grove Atlantic; July 2010
  • ISBN: 9780802196279
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  • Title: Thirteen Hours
  • Author: Deon Meyer; K.L. Seegers (trans.)
  • Imprint: Atlantic Monthly Press
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In The Press

“Deon Meyer is one of the unsung masters. Thirteen Hours proves he should be on everyone's reading list. This book is great!” —Michael Connelly
Thirteen Hours has breathtaking suspense, psychological understanding, and one of the most inspiring detectives ever. Deon Meyer deserves his international reputation.” —Thomas Perry

“A smashing story. Imposing a strict time limit and a tight location on his plot, [Meyer] ramps up the suspense to an unbearable degree. Best of all, his sharply drawn characters really feel part of the new South Africa, where loyalties and beliefs must always be questioned.”—Financial Times

“A vividly drawn locale where political considerations affect everything, cliff-hanging suspense, and shocking plot twists, Meyer again has produced a winner. Highly recommended.” —Roland Person, Library Journal (starred review)

“Try picking up Thirteen Hours and setting it down. Try. You can't do it. I'm a pro, and I couldn't do it.'” —Don Winslow, author of The Power of the Dog and Savages

“There have been other South African crime novelists, but none are as deft at place as Deon Meyer. Thirteen Hours is Cape Town today, with all its exquisite beauty, tribal conflicts, loyalties and corruptions. … Meyer weaves all this into a tightly plotted story – with a twist that works beautifully – and unforgettable characters.—Margaret Cannon, Globe and Mail

“A gem of a protagonist … [a] wonderfully realized book. … Deon Meyer continues to be one of the most underappreciated writers in the genre, especially in the U.S., but if he keeps turning out books like Thirteen Hours, I can’t see that situation continuing for long. This is my favorite novel of the year so far.” —George Easter, Deadly Pleasures

Thirteen hours in the life of South African police Detective Inspector Benny Griessel make Jack Bauer's exploits look like child's play. [Thirteen Hours] progresses at breakneck speed.” —Maxine Clark, Euro Crime

“Taut, moving and deeply memorable.”—Theodore Feit, The Midwest Book Review

“Terrific.” —Hubert O'Hearn,

“Twenty years after the release of Nelson Mandela, South Africa remains a troubled place, and Meyer’s novels give rare insights into the texture of everyday life. Above all, though, [Thirteen Hours] is a vigorous, exciting novel that combines memorable characters and plot with edge-of-the-seat suspense.”—Joan Smith, The Sunday Times (UK)

“The staccato story slips back and forth between the various strands at a breathless clip, doling out nuggets of plot in just the right amounts to have us salivating to know more.” —Ben Felsenburg, Metro (UK)

“[Thirteen Hours] is gripping, tense, cleverly plotted and beautifully balanced between action, investigation and social comment. And all of it rises towards a crescendo that is pitched to perfection.” —Material Witness (UK)

“In Meyer we have more than a writer who entertains, and also more than a novelist who educates us about … 'little cultural differences': his greatest attribute is that he sets us thinking about ourselves and our country and our future. Painlessly.”—James Mitchell, The South African Star

“[Meyer’s] novels are so engaging that you can easily get paper cuts from turning pages too fast. . . . Thirteen Hours is a ripping good read guaranteed to keep you up until the last word.” —Yolandi Groenewald, Mail & Guardian (South Africa)

“Thirteen Hours once again proves that Meyer is in a class of his own.” —Suzaan Hauman, LitNet (South Africa)

“The message is simple: Thirteen Hours is available, it does not matter how much it costs, just go buy it. . . . You can’t read his books fast enough.” —Beeld (South Africa)

“Blisterin . . . the fugitive girl's desperate flight, and Benny's equally frantic efforts to save her, deliver a heart-pumping yarn in an exotic locale.” —John Sullivan, Winnipeg Free Press

“Meyer brilliantly juggles all of the thematic balls, while maintaining an unrelenting sense of suspense. We do not know till the end who is after Rachel and why they want to kill her. We do not even know if she is implicated in some crime or wholly innocent. What we do know is that we want her to get away.” —Yvonne Klein, Reviewing the Evidence

“Unputdownably brilliant.” —Mail & Guardian (South Africa)

About The Author

Deon Meyer is an internationally acclaimed, prize-winning author of six crime novels, including Heart of the Hunter, Dead at Daybreak, and his latest, Thirteen Hours. His books have been translated into twenty languages. He lives on the western coast of South Africa.

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