Thirteen Hours, Paperback Book
5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


Shortlisted for the CWA International Dagger Award 2010 They killed her best friend.

Now they are chasing Rachel Anderson through the streets of Cape Town.

The young tourist doesn't dare trust anyone - except her father, back home in America.

When he puts pressure on the politicians, they know that to protect their country's image, they must find Rachel's hiding place before the killers. So Benny Griessel - detective, maverick and father of teenagers himself - has just 13 hours to crack open a conspiracy which threatens the whole country.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
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  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780340953617

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This is Deon Meyer's best book yet - a real roller-coaster ride through Cape Town as SAPS Captain Benny Griessel goes in search of a young American tourist who is being hunted down by a group of violent blokes who want something she has, and who have already killed her travelling companion. A clever plot which twists and turns and in doing so exposes some of the problems which have come to the fore in post-apartheid SA. Who knew the Afrikaans music industry had so much money swirling around .

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Another good crime thriller from Meyer, this time it's a race against the clock to find the fleeing girl before the bad boys who have killed her friend do. This is slightly different to the norm insofar as the story is set in a 13-hour timeframe, like the title says! So the sense of tension is always building; how long can she evade her pursuers, what is it they are after, are the police to be trusted, can Detective Griessel get to her on time? Another murder investigation on the side lends interest, with the outcome a little surprising, or not! Can't say more! Like others of his books, the workings of the different arms of the South African security forces adds to the interest. The various characters, police and others, are all interesting, particularly I thought the female Inspector. If you were to know Cape Town, you might benefit from the knowledge as you follow the pursuit. A good, pacy, action-packed thriller.

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