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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:
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Internationally acclaimed, prizewinning thriller writer Deon Meyer has been heralded as the “King of South African Crime.” In Thirteen Hours, morning dawns in Cape Town, and for homicide detective Benny Griessel it promises to be a very trying day. A teenage girl’s body has been found on the street, her throat cut. She was an American—a PR nightmare in the number one tourist destination in South Africa. And she wasn’t alone. Somewhere in Cape Town her friend, Rachel Anderson, an innocent American, is hopefully still alive.

On the run from the first page of Thirteen Hours, Rachel is terrified, unsure where to turn in the unknown city. Detective Griessel races against the clock, trying to bring her home safe and solve the murder of her friend in a single day. Meanwhile, he gets pulled into a second case, the murder of a South African music executive. Griessel’s been sober for nearly six months—156 days. But day 157 is going to be tough.

A number one bestseller in South Africa and a finalist for the CWA International Dagger, Thirteen Hours is an atmospheric, intensely gripping novel from a master storyteller.

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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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About the Author
Author Deon Meyer

Deon Meyer retired from his day job as a consultant on brand strategy for BMW Motorrad tobe a full-time author. His books have attracted worldwide critical acclaim and a growing international fanbase. He lives in Durbanville in South Africa with his wife and children.