In Deon Meyer's Thirteen Hours, which won the Barry Award for Best Thriller in 2011, Cape Town homicide detective Bennie Griessel struggled to solve the murder of an American girl, find her missing friend, and avoid drinking again, all in a single day.
In Seven Days, Griessel is given another nearly impossible task. Two police officers have been shot, and the department has received emails from the shooter alleging corruption and a cover up in a cold case. The shooter quotes scripture and threatens more violence until the cold case is solved.
The case in question is the murder of Hanneke Sloet, an ambitious lawyer stabbed to death in her luxury apartment. There's no apparent motive, no leads, and no promising forensic evidence. There's no sign of a struggle either; the front door to Sloet's apartment was not damaged, so Griessel is sure she either knew the killer, or the killer had a key. All in all, the original inspector seems to have done a thorough job, only to come up empty.
The one piece of evidence that Griessel finds promising is a set of provocative professional photos of herself that Sloet kept in her apartment. Perhaps jealous rage was the motive? Sloet's ex-boyfriend, who works at a vineyard making barrels, had the strength, the connection, and the access to the right type of blade, but he has an alibi that checks out.
And then, another cop is shot.
Pressure ramps up on Griessel, and on his feisty colleague, Captain Mbali Kaleni, who is hunting the shooter, trying desperately to find a connection to Sloet as the number of injured rise. The emails keep coming, and the shooter reaches out to the media. And then, as if Griessel's life isn't complicated enough, his girlfriend Alexa Bernard, a singer who was in Thirteen Hours, falls off the wagon herself thanks to the pressure of a big comeback concert.
Seven Days is another fantastic novel from Deon Meyer, one of international crime fiction's stars. He has won major awards and is gaining new fans here, as his Barry Award and successful tour for Thirteen Hours can attest. Seven Days is a completely gripping read, a brilliant amalgam of thriller and mystery.
Praise for Seven Days
Sleekly done crime fiction layered with the cultural complexities of the new South Africa.”Joanne Wilkinson, Booklist
Superior prose and characterization Meyer balances the personal and professional adroitly, with a solution reminiscent of Peter Lovesey at his twistiest.”Publishers Weekly
A perfect example of why [Meyer] is, in my opinion, one of the very best crime fiction authors in the world today... Seven Days is a marvelous crime novel which must be a strong contender for best crime novel of 2012.”Maxine Clark, Eurocrime
Deon Meyer continues his string of superb, tightly constructed timeline thrillers. Coming on the heels of the breath-holding Thirteen Hours, Seven Days takes us into the heart of a major police hunt for a killer targeting policemen as he demands the investigation of a seemingly unsolvable cold case.”Margaret Cannon, Globe & Mail
Praise for Deon Meyer
Deon Meyer is one of the unsung masters.” Michael Connelly
Meyer has a fine eye for people and places... Meyer is a serious writer who richly deserves the international reputation he has built.” The Washington Post
If you haven’t read Deon Meyer yet, you’re missing out.” Mystery Fanfare
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.” The Guardian (UK)
There have been other South African crime novelists, but none are as deft at place as Deon Meyer.” Globe and Mail (CA)