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Devil's Peak [Paperback]

Deon Meyer
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16 Aug 2012

The former freedom fighter known as 'Tiny' has finally achieved his dream of a peaceful life. But then his beloved son is taken away from him. In that moment, he unleashes himself upon a corrupt South Africa. His victims are those guilty of crimes against children.

He goes by the name of Artemis.

Benny Griessel, a fading policeman on the brink of losing his job, family and self-respect, is assigned the case. Benny knows that this is his last chance - both his career and the safety of Cape Town are on the line.

But then Benny meets Christine, a young mother working as a prostitute, and something happens that is so terrifying that the world will never be the same again for Benny, for Christine, or for Tiny.

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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (16 Aug 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444730746
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444730746
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,269 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Deon Meyer lives near Cape Town in South Africa. His 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 twenty-eight languages.

THIRTEEN HOURS was shortlisted for the CWA International Dagger and won the Boeke Prize in South Africa - the first time in the prize's 16 year history that a South African book has won. His novels have also won literary prizes in France, Sweden, Germany and the Netherlands, and the film rights to seven of his novels have been optioned or sold.

Deon has also written two television series and several screenplays for movies. In 2013 he directed one of his original scripts for the feature film 'The Last Tango'.

Visit the author's website at and follow him on Twitter @MeyerDeon

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With Deon Meyer you can't go wrong. He's a writer whose work I admire, wait for and then devour. (Michael Connelly)

If you want a glimpse of the soul of the new South Africa in all its glory, and with all the gory details of its problems and corruption, Meyer is your man . . . I marvelled at the intricacy of the plotting . . . and I was stunned by a dénouement of awesome power and accomplishment. (Guardian)

Moving, expertly constructed story of a broken man's redemption. (Sunday Times )

A fascinating portrayal . . . a black, assegai-wielding former freedom fighter who turns into a vigilante and goes on a killing spree; a high-class tart; and a policeman who drinks to drown the sceaming that's waiting inside his head . . . gripping, shocking . . . Highly recommended. (Literary Review)

It makes [Cape Town] come alive with a breathless urgency that recalls the 1940s Los Angeles of Dashiel Hammet or Raymond Chandler: a bit mad, a bit bad, a bit dangerous, but exotically vibrant, a society in adolescence. If it can produce popular literature as good as this, the new South Africa has a lot going for it . . . Deon Meyer [is] one of the sharpest and most perceptive thriller writers around. (The Times)

DEVIL'S PEAK is tough in-your-face crime writing that spares nothing in language, visceral scenes of blood and mayhem (for Meyer is adroit at choreographing descriptions of slaughter), and never waivers from the compelling pace of the story. It also has a mean line in humour that comes through in the snappy dialogue. (Sunday Independent)

Deon Meyer, who writes in Afrikaans, portrays a world of terrifying uncertainty, in which those who fought for liberation from apartheid are having to come to terms with the knowledge that freedom is not enough to wipe out cruelty. A thoughtful and exciting novel. (Times Literary Supplement)

Meyer is a gifted writer . . . believable and disturbing. (Tangled Web)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unholy Threesome 22 April 2008
Three very flawed but sympathetic characters populate this novel. There is Thobela Mpayipheli, a Black South African who was trained as an assassin by the East German secret police. Then there is Benny Griessel, alcoholic detective. And lastly, Christine van Rooyen, a prostitute with a three-year-old daughter. Somehow, their lives intertwine in a gripping story which keeps the reader off-balance all the way.

Initially, Thobela is introduced as a farmer who recently lost his wife, leaving him with a young boy who he loves very much. The boy is shot dead during an armed robbery, setting off a chain of events which leads Thobela to act as an avenging vigilante against abusers of children. Benny, once (and possibly even in his present continual alcoholic haze) a superior detective, is kicked out of his home by his long-suffering wife with the admonishment that he might be permitted to return if he stays sober for six months. Meanwhile, he is placed in charge of two important cases, including the serial killer of abused children. Christine's story alternates with the other two as she sits confessing to a priest. Her tale plays a pivotal role in the lives of the other two.

This is the author's fourth novel, each superior reading. His complex stories and descriptions of South Africa are exceptional, his characters unusual and graphic, his works top-notch. Like his previous efforts, Devil's Peak is highly recommended.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good first impression 24 Jun 2009
This took me a little while to get into, but once I did I was hooked. The reason it took me a while to get into is that it isn't structured like a typical thriller. It is much more intrusive than most thrillers -- it really tries to get inside the heads of its character, most of whom are pathological in some way (reforming alcoholic, cutter, vengeful ex-ANC hitman and so on), and does a pretty good job. I certainly found the characters credible. It also gives a good, unsentinental account of life in contemporary, post-apartheid South Africa. I haven't read anything else by Meyer, but on the strength of this I certainly intend to do so in the future. It is a couple of points below my favourites, Peter Temple, Ian Rankin and Michael Connelly, but it is still very, very good.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read for a rainy weekend 22 Aug 2007
This thriller is an absolute cracker; one which makes meals, work and friends very inconvenient interruptions until you have finished reading the very last page. Meyer adds spice to a putrefying contemporary South African stew of murder, organised crime, rape and corruption to produce a very satisfying detective story. While this is a thriller first and foremost, the complex South African social backgound is handled with the refreshing honesty, clarity and bluntness that you would expect from an Afrikaans writer who has accepted and acknowledged the injustices of the past, loves his country and believes in it's future. The context may be a little strange for those who are unfamiliar with life in South Africa today, but I recommend perseverence!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Devil's Peak, is the first Deon Meyer book that I have come across, but is his fourth published novel.

This is not the book for you, if you have a total aversion to descriptive scenes of moderate violence, bad language and explicit sexual encounters. HOWEVER, if you give this book the chance, it becomes clear that everything is set in complete context to the storyline, with the scenes only adding to the overall richness of the dialogue and with none of the content being gratuitous in nature.

There are three separate strands to this complex story, with two of them obviously intertwined, right from the start. The third, seemingly unrelated element, a beautiful Afrikaans woman, who is confessing her part in events to a priest, throughout the course of the book, turns out to be the most pivotal character in the entire plot, although this doesn't become apparent until well into the story.

I wasn't quite sure just how successful the format for the book would be, as the story is constantly jumping from one character to another, but it worked surprisingly well and kept the tension going right to the end, with the ending itself being well thought out and a pleasant surprise.

An Afrikaans prostitute, an Afrikaans alcoholic policeman and a black South African avenging angel, make unlikely bed-fellows, but we discover that although `bush justice' can be viewed in may ways; despite culture, history and language differences, when it comes to children, they all feel the same way.

Complex characters are well thought out and portrayed, with a hard-hitting storyline, encompassing police corruption, drug importation on a grand scale, and gang related violence and brutality.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gritty and compelling read. Loved it. 30 Oct 2011
Deon Meyer has created a great set of characters and for anyone who has visited Cape Town and the surrounding area the South African backdrop adds additional interest. I was given this book by my parents who both enjoyed it immensely and subsequently I have lent it to friends who also gave it the thumbs up. I must get my hands on some of the author's other books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great procedural with tons of atmosphere.
A very interesting start to a series. Gives a real idea of the tensions in South Africa following the abandonment of apartheid. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Simon
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very good
Published 1 month ago by d.p.smith
4.0 out of 5 stars A great discovery
I came upon this writer by accident upon reading an interview with Ian Rankin.

I thoroughly enjoyed this first novel with burnt out Detective Inspector Benny Griessel... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Retroman
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
This is a very good book. Well written, good plot and lots happening. The settings and language are a real pleasure to read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars New author to me
This author was recommended to me by a family friend. I purchased the book and have started reading it. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Rodney Norton
5.0 out of 5 stars Devil's peak
Good suspense drama. Enjoyed reading about the areas in Cape Town that I have visited and could picture it even better.
Published 13 months ago by kinders12
4.0 out of 5 stars Devils Peak
Deon Meyer can always be relied upon to interest and to keep his readers on the edge of their seats but his books get better all the time and Devils Peak is improved upon by... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Angela Prew
5.0 out of 5 stars Another "Cor Blimey" Deon Mayer thriller
Deon Mayer is a detective thriller writer in a different league to most. This is the second book of his I have read, and cannot wait to buy another one. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Adrian Dunbar
4.0 out of 5 stars good deep read
I start with an advantage as I know Cape Town well and the Western Cape; so the book means more to me. It is exciting and with an excellent depth to the characters. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Anthony Luke
5.0 out of 5 stars my view
He"s done it again great read ,fast paced and wonderful charters, Have spent too many late nights trying to read just one more page !!!
Published 16 months ago by marilyn martin-strachan
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