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4.0 out of 5 stars A great discovery, 21 Dec. 2013
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This review is from: Devil's Peak (Benny Griessel) (Paperback)
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 hanging on to his career by a thread as one of the main characters knowing that if taken by it there were others in the series. And indeed I was taken by it. A relatively slow build up to a real page turning finale. Set in the post apartheid era there is no black and white, no clear moral compass,but merely varying shades of grey as all the characters try to come to terms with and make a success of living in the new somewhat corrupt South Africa while carrying the baggage of living in the old South Africa.

I particularly like the way the author structures his plot through the three very different storylines of the three main characters and how he successfully weaves them together in the final gripping third of the book. The authors tendency to devote small sections in each chapter to the three different storylines (some sections a single paragraph) can be a little disconcerting but does not take long to become accustomed to.

Very much recommended and I will certainly follow this up with the second in the series.
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Initial post: 11 Dec 2014 09:17:16 GMT
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I stumbled on Trackers first: don't worry - all DM's novels are thrilling - Dead at Daybreak and Heart of the Hunter include Mpayipheli, and Blood Safari includes Lemmer. Benny actually first appears in Dead before Dying.

The only thought I have having read them all is that violence is shocking - is there another less violent way to direct our cultures towards...
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