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Race Against Time,
This review is from: Thirteen Hours (Benny Griessel) (Paperback)
Post-Apartheid South Africa has undergone many traumatic changes. But for homicide detective Benny Griessel, nothing much changes except for the murder victims, the politics, unsettled race relations and his own personal problems. Benny is saddled with "mentoring" newly promoted black, or "colored," detectives. Of course, he is the only experienced white.
The plot involves two murders and a kidnapping, each a potential PR disaster for the SA government. It is up to Benny and his untested troops to save a captive American girl who witnessed the murder of her fellow tourist. Meanwhile, a well-known music executive is found shot in his home with his pistol lying at his feet, his alcoholic wife asleep in a chair.
Deon Meyer has written six novels and "Thirteen Hours" is probably the best (not taking anything away from its predecessors). It is taut, moving and deeply memorable, and is highly recommended.
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Initial post: 1 Aug 2011 12:52:54 BDT
Did I miss something? Why is this a race against time? Apart from the fact that the men will eventually catch and kill the girl, why 13 hours? There's no time limit or deadline, no countdown-red-LCD display, and at no point is Griessel or anyone else aware of any set expiry time? I don't understand where the 13-hour concept comes from?
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