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Thirteen Hours

Fiction: Mystery / Thriller / Suspense
Unabridged   11.5 hour(s)
Publication date: 10/12/2010

Barry Prize Winner!
A Deadly Pleasures Magazine Best British Novel

Thirteen Hours

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Audio CD ISBN:9781615735426
Digital Download ISBN:9781615735433


A #1 bestseller in South Africa! A potent, fast-paced thriller, and a brilliant portrait of life in South Africa.

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Product Description

Some would call Detective Benny Griessel a legend. Others would call him a drunk.

Either way, he has trodden on too many toes over the years ever to reach the top of the promotion ladder, and now he concentrates on staying sober and mentoring the new generation of crime fighters: mixed race, Xhosa, and Zulu. But when an American backpacker disappears in Capetown, panicked politicians know who to call: Benny has just thirteen hours to save the girl, save his career—and crack open a conspiracy which threatens the whole country.


“Vance does ample justice to an edgy crime drama that spans two continents and two worlds.”

“Best-selling South African novelist Meyer delivers another exciting if brutally violent crime novel. . . .Meyer also steeps his novel in the day-to-day life of a country still reeling in the wake of radical transition.”
      —Booklist [starred review]

“With . . . cliff-hanging suspense, and shocking plot twists, Meyer again has produced a winner. Highly recommended.”
      —Library Journal [starred review]

“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

“Deon Meyer deserves his international reputation.”
       —Thomas Perry

“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

“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.”
       —Gert van der Westhuizen, Beeld (South Africa)

“Blistering . . . 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

Author Bio

DEON MEYER lives in Durbanville in South Africa with his wife and four children. Other than his family, Deon’s big passions are motorcycling, music, reading, cooking and rugby. In January 2008 he retired from his day job as a consultant on brand strategy for BMW Motorrad, and is now a full time author. Deon Meyer’s books have attracted worldwide critical acclaim and a growing international fanbase. Originally written in Afrikaans, they have now been translated into several languages, including English, French, German, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Russian, Finnish, Czech, Romanian, Slovakian, Bulgarian, Japanese and Polish.

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