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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,094 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Deon Meyer Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Benny Griessel Series Release Date: October 2010 ISBN: 9781615735433
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When an American backpacker disappears in Cape Town, South Africa, detective Benny Griessel has just 13 hours to save her, save his career, and crack open a conspiracy that threatens the whole country. If only he can stay sober. Second in the series. "Imp Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Bestselling 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)

  • “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.”

    Globe and Mail (Toronto)

  • “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.”

    Winnipeg Free Press

  • “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.”

    Sunday Times (London)

  • “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 2011 Macavity Award Nominee for Best Mystery Novel
  • Winner of the 2011 Barry Award for Best Thriller
  • A 2010 CWA International Dagger Finalist

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanna | 1/3/2014

    " I initially bought this because it was a good price for my kindle, and ended up loving this book! Excellent characters, wonderful mystery, terrific writing "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tony Maxwell | 1/2/2014

    " One of Deon Meyer's best but, as a South African expat, I like nearly all of Meyer's books. I have just heard that British actor, Sean Bean, will portray Detective Bennie Griessel in an upcoming movie to be shot in Cape Town in September. Producer Michael Murphey's credits include District 9, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure and Nightmare on Elm Street. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ingrid | 11/21/2013

    " surprisingly very good book. South-African theme, corruption, murder, action in 24-real-time. A must read book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karyn | 11/21/2013

    " A very exciting fast paced book - lives up to the reviews on the cover. I would highly recommend it. I can't wait to start reading some of his other books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anneke De | 9/23/2013

    " Het duurde even voor ik er in kwam, maar toen heb ik t ademloos uitgelezen. Vooral de Zuid-Afrikaanse samenleving is boeiend beschreven met al die kleurrijke hoofdpersonen. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cecilia | 9/7/2013

    " Baie goed. Beweeg vinnig en 'n mens wil dit nie neersit nie "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wog | 8/9/2013

    " Fascinating look at mid-2000's South Africa. Beautifully written, engrossing story and characters. The best of Deon Meyer's books yet. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Hulananni | 8/4/2013

    " I've read Meyer's six previous novels. Loved them all...that's why I pre-oreder and bought this. Didn't like it at all. Two plots. A plethora of characters. Never did come together for me. I was disappointed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cia | 11/19/2012

    " Unable to put down! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 11/1/2012

    " Set in South Africa so it was interesting to read the English translation and to get a sense of how South Africans view themselves. Murder mystery. Intriguing. Quick easy read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate Sidley | 10/13/2012

    " Finally got to read this, after hearing it recommended so often. Not my genre, as a rule, but it is very compelling, a real page-turner - you'll race through it in a weekend. He's very good, Mr M. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Verity | 8/24/2012

    " Another great novel in the Benny Griessel series! Can not get enough of these books...on to the next one! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Moya Ross | 7/26/2012

    " Gift from cousins in SA, I really liked it. Surprisingly clever. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annabee | 3/4/2012

    " Goed, maar 'too much' naar mijn smaak. Recensie volgt. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Greg Payne | 2/9/2012

    " Enjoyed this. Nice fast paced thriller. A good light read. Benny Griessel - Grizzhel. Quite violent. Enjoyed some of the Afrikaans flavour "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liesl | 8/12/2011

    " Great story fast paced and you can' t out it down until the ens "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rob | 3/23/2011

    " One of the best thrillers I've had the pleasure of reading. A true page-turner and I can only hope that this cast of characters returns in another book someday. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marie | 1/4/2011

    " Entertaining. No parts that drag on. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Grace Belger | 10/6/2010

    " Just love him - for 2 main reasons - I love crime novels and he is truly South African. The SA alternative to Michael Connelly - even better "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mukhtar | 9/17/2010

    " Reading the Afrikaans version..gripping and very exciting...some sleepless nights ahead... "

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