By Deon Meyer
(Atlantic Monthly Press, Hardcover, 9780802120359, 320pp.)
Publication Date: September 2012
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A police officer is shot dead. The next day, one of his colleagues is as well. Then the South African police receive an email threatening an additional cop killed each day until a cold case is solved. Inspector Benny Griessel is charged with reopening the file on the murder of Hanneke Sloet, an ambitious lawyer stabbed to death in her luxury apartment. There’s no apparent motive and no leads, just a set of nude photographs and a burly ex-boyfriend a rock-solid alibi. Then more policemen are shot and the pressure mounts. Can Bennie solve the case and stay sober?
Featuring the fantastic characters from Deon Meyer’s Thirteen Hours, which won the Barry Award for Best Thriller in 2011, Seven Days is another gripping adventure from a masterful writer at the top of his game.
Deon Meyer is an internationally acclaimed, prize-winning author of seven crime novels, including Blood Safari, Thirteen Hours and Trackers. His books have been translated into twenty languages. He lives on the western coast of South Africa.
Praise for Seven Days
Sleekly done crime fiction layered with the cultural complexities of the new South Africa.”Joanne Wilkinson, Booklist
Superior prose and characterization Meyer balances the personal and professional adroitly, with a solution reminiscent of Peter Lovesey at his twistiest.”Publishers Weekly
A perfect example of why [Meyer] is, in my opinion, one of the very best crime fiction authors in the world today... Seven Days is a marvelous crime novel which must be a strong contender for best crime novel of 2012.”Maxine Clark, Eurocrime
Deon Meyer continues his string of superb, tightly constructed timeline thrillers. Coming on the heels of the breath-holding Thirteen Hours, Seven Days takes us into the heart of a major police hunt for a killer targeting policemen as he demands the investigation of a seemingly unsolvable cold case.”Margaret Cannon, Globe & Mail
Praise for Deon Meyer
Deon Meyer is one of the unsung masters.” Michael Connelly
Meyer has a fine eye for people and places... Meyer is a serious writer who richly deserves the international reputation he has built.” The Washington Post
If you haven’t read Deon Meyer yet, you’re missing out.” Mystery Fanfare
If you want a glimpse of the soul of the new South Africa in all its glory, and with all the gory details of its problems and corruption, Meyer is your man.” The Guardian (UK)
There have been other South African crime novelists, but none are as deft at place as Deon Meyer.” Globe and Mail (CA)