Thirteen Hours

Thirteen Hours

Book - 2010 | 1st American ed
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After a teenage American tourist has her throat slit in Cape Town, detective Benny Griessel must find her friend, Rachel Anderson, before she meets the same fate; and when he's also put on the case of a murdered music executive, he realizes he must solve both crimes for Rachel to survive.
Publisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press ; [Berkeley, Calif.] : Distributed by Publishers Group West, 2010, c2009
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780802119582
Branch Call Number: F MEYER-D
Characteristics: 412 p. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Seegers, K. L.


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Jul 12, 2019

Absolutely riveting conclusion to this complex novel. Even when the details of the recording industry--to which the story often reverts--delay or bog down the plot, you return eagerly to the plight of the US tourist, who seems hopelessly caught. Even the phone calls with the parents in the US will hold your interest. A fine series.

Jun 28, 2019

Another excellent and well-written story about Bennie Griessel. Be sure to read Devil's Peak first though. There are lots of moving parts in this story that can be difficult to follow and connect (especially in the 1-hour...or less... chunks I read). But the story builds with terrific momentum with a breathtaking (I'm not exaggerating here) conclusion. In this second story I felt even more pathos for Bennie Griessel and the fierce devotion he has to succeed and rescue the young girl. Plus he has to face and manage the conflict in his private life involving his estranged wife and family. I was rooting for him through it all.

May 31, 2017

"Thirteen Hours" is a classic page-turner...some of the best crime thriller writing around today. Highly recommended.

Dec 17, 2013

I read this entire book on the edge of my seat. Great suspense. The setting in post-apartheid South Africa gave the plot more depth than your average thriller/suspense type novel.

sit_walk Feb 04, 2013

Really nice thriller -- well-written and insanely paced!

JCLJanineM Oct 27, 2010

Sometimes you know when you read the first page of a book that it’s going to be a great read. "Thirteen Hours" by Deon Meyer is just that—a thrilling police procedural that is difficult to put down.

The story opens with Rachel Anderson, an American teenager, running for her life down the streets of Cape Town, South Africa, chased by five men who have just slit the throat of her best friend, Erin Russel. How did their backpacking trip of a lifetime all go so wrong? Detective Inspector Benny Griessel, a recovering alcoholic separated from his wife, has been assigned to oversee the unseasoned detectives investigating Erin’s death and to find and save Rachel from the same fate.

At about the same time, in another part of the city, the famous Afrikaans music producer, Adam Barnard, is found dead in his library. Lying nearby, awakened from her drunken sleep by the housekeeper’s screams, is his wife, Alexandra, with a pistol on the floor beside her. Now there are two murders to investigate but no additional detectives. And Rachel’s time is running out; Benny knows she can’t evade her pursuers much longer.

"Thirteen Hours" is a breakaway entry in a field of also-ran read-alike thrillers. In rapid-fire bursts detailing simultaneous actions occurring across the Cape Town landscape, Meyer lets you experience the events as they happen so that even as you are caught up in the questioning of Alexandra you are wondering what is happening to Rachel and whether Benny is making any progress in the race to save Rachel. And all the principal characters are fully drawn--from white Benny with his domestic failures, to the angry black Dekker, to the eager "coloured" Vusi--Meyer paints a very vivid portrait of the cultural and political complexities in post-Apartheid South Africa. This is the most satisfying thriller I can remember reading. I can't wait to read the award-winning Meyer's other novels.

Sep 05, 2010

After really enjoying the first two novels, I was looking forward to this one, but was greatly disappointed. It is convoluted, disjointed and has far too many story lines and people to keep track of. Half way through I really didn't care and would have left it there if the library had been open to get something else.


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