Six-foot five-inch Thobela Tiny Mpayipheli was once a feared assassin and freedom fighter, trained by the Stasi and KGB. In post-apartheid South Africa, he's happily working in a garage. But Tiny's quiet domestic life is interrupted by a desperate plea from the daughter of a trusted old friend: he's being held hostage after taking an incriminating hard drive and needs help. Tiny's old training kicks in, and as he races across the South African landscape on a stolen BMW motorcycle to the rendezvous point, he is pursued by several interested and hostile forces, including South Africa's Presidential Intelligence Unit. None of them have a clue what they're up against. With his books published in twenty languages, the critically acclaimed Deon Meyer has won a reputation as one of the best thriller writers in the world. Heart of the Hunter is an epic adventure across the landscape and history of a remarkable country.
"Heart of the Hunter is the dark, explosive side of Alexander McCall Smith's Botswana books, as full of love for the vast beauty of the country but also riddled by the anger of South Africa's recent racial and political struggles." —Dick Adler, Chicago Tribune
"This guy is really good. Deon Meyer hooked me with this one right from the start. Heart of the Hunter is a thriller with some weight attached, and that is a rare find." —Michael Connelly
"A thriller good enough to nip at the heels of Le Carré ... Wonderful setting, rich, colorful cast, headed by a valiant/vulnerable protagonist . . . Fans of the genre won't want to miss [Heart of the Hunter]." —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"A rip-roaring adventure, a portrait of spy-world duplicity and a look at South Africa's post-apartheid politics. But this thriller is also an ambitious attempt to create a mythic hero." —Patrick Anderson, The Washington Post