'Deon Meyer recreates the beauty, wildness, and danger of modern Africa with an immediacy and force no other writer has achieved . . . his work is undeniably "a cause for celebration"' (Sunday Telegraph
'If DEAD AT DAYBREAK is anything to go by, we are seeing the rise of a major new, international writing talent. I cannot recommend this book highly enough.' (The Big Issue
'A highly entertaining, page-turning transposition of the American private eye genre to an exotic and vibrant setting...a terrific new talent' (Irish Independent
'Deon Meyer provides us with a gripping mystery solved by dogged legwork and occasional flashes of insight, and with a telling psychological portrait of a man and a nation haunted by a past that combines brilliance with much to be ashamed of'
'Deon Meyer's second foray into the crime thriller genre offers a slick plot, strong characters and a subtle insight into a changing country'
'Meyer weaves an impressively tangled web and taut narrative keeps the reader guessing until the last couple of pages' (Heat***
on DEAD BEFORE DYING)
'A brilliant book. Deon Meyer does an excellent job of developing a whole range of characters who are affected by the changes in South Africa in different ways. And Thobela, a giant of a man in search of redemption, is a wonderful hero.' (Michael Ridpath, author of THE PREDATOR, on HEART OF THE HUNTER)
'A plot-driven page-turner, but clear attention has been paid to character development, motivations and dialogue as well. Joubert is a haunted yet sympathetic protagonist; his character fairly begs for a sequel.' (Bookpage
on DEAD BEFORE DYING)
'Hooked me right from the start...a thriller with some weight attached and that is a rare find.' (Michael Connelly on HEART OF THE HUNTER)
'Out of post-apartheid South Africa comes a thriller good enough to nip at the heels of le CarrÃ© ... Wonderful setting; rich, colourful cast, headed by a valiant/vulnerable protagonist.' (Kirkus Reviews
*, on HEART OF THE HUNTER)
'Like post-war Germany, post-apartheid South Africa offers fertile ground for reflective fiction ... Senior editor at Little, Brown, Judy Clain, a fellow South African, says, "Meyer has an extraordinary landscape - a changed world where the ghosts of the past play a huge role." ' (Publishers Weekly
, on HEART OF THE HUNTER 2004-11-22)
'With simmering racial tensions, a bounty of natural resources, and a government whose members worked both sides of the cold-war fence, South Africa should prove fertile ground for many fine spy thrillers to come. Don't be surprised if quite a few of them are written by Meyer.' (Booklist
*, on HEART OF THE HUNTER 2004-11-22)
'Meyer subtly juxtaposes the heartbreak of the victims' families with the heartbroken detective assigned to their cases. Using humour and pathos in equal measure, Meyer builds a deeply moving portrait of a man in search of his own dignity, reclaiming his life one pool lap at a time.' (Booklist
(Starred Review) on DEAD BEFORE DYING 2004-11-22)
'DEAD AT DAYBREAK is a gripping read with a flawed but human protagonist who invites our compassion. This is the second novel by Deon Meyer, a fresh voice and a compelling storyteller'
(Manchester Evening News