20 Books for 20Somethings
20 Great International Mysteries, February 2012
Set in Cape Town, South Africa, this gripping thriller opens with Rachel Anderson, an American college student, on the run, being pursued by a gang of men. When Detective Benny Griessel is awakened in the early morning hours with news of a young woman found dead outside a local church, he feels an uneasy premonition of evil. On this 156th day of sobriety, Griessel is out of sorts--both personally (he has just slept with a stranger and his estranged wife wants to have a talk) and professionally (transferred to another unit, Griessel now bears the responsibility of mentoring a young detective). “Jissis, why did life have to be so complicated?,” he asks. Shedding light on the dark underbelly of the Afrikaans tourist and music industries, Meyer’s pulse-pounding, action-packed novel is full of intrigue, drama and scandal.