Books by Deon Meyer

Deon Meyer is an internationally renowned South African crime writer who also works as a journalist and Internet consultant. He is the author of Heart of the Hunter and Dead Before Dying, which is forthcoming from Little, Brown and Company. He lives in Ca

FEVER by Deon Meyer
by Deon Meyer, translated by K.L. Seegers
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Despite some gripping moments and a haunting atmosphere, the book often sinks under its own ambitions, with too many weighty themes and parallel stories going on at once."
Best known for his detective thrillers, Meyer (Icarus, 2015, etc.) enters darker territory with this sweeping epic about a young Afrikaner boy's survival in a post-apocalyptic South Africa. Read full book review >
ICARUS by Deon Meyer
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"Unlike previous Griessel volumes, this one makes only passing references to the political and racial climate of post-apartheid South Africa. But the surprising plot twists and the wealth of juicy subplots make this a standout entry in a superior series."
Sex, lies, and a lot of alcohol are the key elements in Meyer's (Cobra, 2014, etc.) latest thriller featuring Detective Captain Benny Griessel of the leading South African investigative team known as the Hawks. Read full book review >
COBRA by Deon Meyer
by Deon Meyer, translated by K.L. Seegers
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"As always, Meyer (Seven Days, 2012, etc.) writes with a strong sense of character and an eye on post-apartheid politics, though the plotting here is slower and less compelling than previous books in the Griessel series."
A chase-themed thriller set in the tense political climate of post-apartheid South Africa. Read full book review >
SEVEN DAYS by Deon Meyer
Released: Sept. 4, 2012

"Griessel is flawed but likable, and his trials give a bittersweet edge to a strong mystery."
In Deon Meyer's previous mystery (Thirteen Hours, 2010, etc.), South African detective Benny Griessel had all of one workday to solve a murder. In this follow-up he's allowed a full week to find the killer of a glamorous lawyer, Hanneke Sloet. And given the number of leads and complications that keep turning up, he needs every minute he can get. Read full book review >
TRACKERS by Deon Meyer
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"A first-rate thriller; a touch slow to get going, but hard to apply the brakes to once it gets rolling."
Oh, what a tangled web those rhinos weave: South African mystery maven Meyers returns with a complex tale of intrigue and mayhem most satisfying. Read full book review >
BLOOD SAFARI by Deon Meyer
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Overplotted as usual, but when Meyer gets the people right, as he does here, he's hard to beat."
Top-notch thriller from South African Meyer (Devil's Peak, 2008, etc.) about a young woman's desperate search for her dead brother. Read full book review >
DEVIL’S PEAK by Deon Meyer
Released: March 26, 2008

"The real drama hangs on every exchange between members of the multiracial police force and the citizens they're sworn to protect."
Meyer's rangy, ambitious fourth suspense novel shows the man who starred in the author's impressive debut in a startling new light. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 23, 2005

"A step back then, but enough flashes of real talent to hope for better from his next."
More darkness out of post-apartheid South Africa, but after a sizzling debut, Meyer's second disappoints. Read full book review >
Released: July 12, 2004

"Wonderful setting; rich, colorful cast, headed by a valiant/vulnerable protagonist who makes empathy easy. Impossibly convoluted, of course—hey, it's a suspense novel—but fans of the genre won't want to miss Meyer's US debut."
Out of post-apartheid South Africa comes a thriller good enough to and nip at the heels of le Carré. Read full book review >