Synopses & Reviews
South Africas preeminent crime fiction writer, Deon Meyer is internationally acclaimed for his razors-edge thrillers, unforgettable characters, and nuanced portrayals of contemporary life in his native country. The fifth pulse-pounder starring Captain Benny Griessel, a lead detective in South Africas priority crimes unit, delves into the countrys burgeoning tech and wine industries.
A week before Christmas, a young photographer discovers a plastic-wrapped corpse amidst the sand dunes north of Cape Town. The only thing found on the corpse is a dead iPhone, but it doesnt take long for the police to identify the body as that of Ernst Richter—the tech whiz behind MyAlibi, an internet service that provides unfaithful partners with sophisticated cover stories to hide an affair. Meanwhile, Benny Griessel is called to the scene of a multiple homicide involving a former colleague, and four years of sobriety are undone on the spot. He emerges from his drunken haze determined to quit the force, but the take-no-sass Major Mbali Kaleni, now his boss, wants Griessel on the Richter case. The high-profile murder has already been the subject of fierce media speculation, with questions swirling about the potential for motive: could the perpetrator be one of the countless jilted spouses? An aggrieved client?
Before the week is out, an unexpected connection to a storied family winery comes to light, and Griessels reputation is again on the line. Mounting towards a startling conclusion, Icarus is another exceptional novel from the King of South African Crime.”
"In South African author Meyer's excellent fifth novel featuring Benny Griessel of Cape Town's Directorate of Priority Crime Investigations (after 2014's Cobra), Benny has been sober for more than 20 months, but he soon falls off the wagon after hearing tragic news about a colleague. Vollie Fish, who had caught two serial killers in four years, fatally shot his wife and two daughters and then himself, an apparent victim of his own demons. Meanwhile, someone has strangled Ernst Richter, called the Alibi Man for his website, which provides alibis, complete with phony documentation, for a price. Richter's death alone would be enough to unsettle those who use his services, but in addition someone has created a Twitter account that threatens to list all his clients in 18 hours. Meyer heightens the suspense with scenes of a defense attorney's conversations with an enigmatic client. The richness of the characters, especially the multifaceted Benny, elevates this above most contemporary police procedurals. Agent: Richard Pine, Inkwell Management. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Advance Praise for Icarus:
Deon Meyers name on the cover is a guarantee of crime writing at its best.”Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling author of Playing with Fire
Excellent . . . The richness of the characters, especially the multifaceted Benny, elevates this above most contemporary police procedurals.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Deon Meyers South Africa is laid bare in Icarus; it is as glittering and hard as the diamonds his country is famous for . . . Meyer utilizes the crime fiction genre as an apparatus to create a multifaceted, unsparing picture of his country.”Independent (UK)
Meyer delivers another expertly crafted thriller that feels exceptionally timely.”Booklist
Praise for Deon Meyer:
With Deon Meyer you can't go wrong. He's a writer whose work I admire, wait for and then devour.”Michael Connelly
I love Meyer. . . . The problem with having Meyer on your nightstand is that you don't get any sleep. So if I look like hell, it's Meyer's fault. The guy owes me.”Don Winslow, author of The Power of the Dogs and Savages
Meyer has a fine eye for people and places. . . . Meyer is a serious writer who richly deserves the international reputation he has built.”Washington Post
Meyers thrillers . . . well understand the need to maintain momentum: mixing and matching multiple viewpoints, switching off between characters and portraying his native country as one in a perpetual state of flux and angst.”Los Angeles Times
For sheer reading pleasure, its hard to beat Deon Meyers books. . . . Meyer is definitely a master storyteller with a sense of humour. A+”Deadly Pleasures
Meyer has few equals when it comes to combining biting social critique and riveting action scenes.”Booklist (starred review)
Deon Meyer is the undisputed king of South African crime fiction.”Times (UK)
A defining novelist of modern South Africa.”Independent (UK)
One of the best crime writers on the planet.”Mail on Sunday (UK)
Meyers extraordinary talents as a writer come from two points: he is masterful on plot . . . and he draws each character, whether pivotal or almost incidental, with the true craft of a powerful novelist.”Cape Times (South Africa)
There have been other South African crime novelists, but none are as deft at place as Deon Meyer. Thirteen Hours is Cape Town today, with all its exquisite beauty, tribal conflicts, loyalties and corruptions. . . . Meyer weaves all this into a tightly plotted storywith a twist that works beautifullyand unforgettable characters.”Globe and Mail (Toronto), on Thirteen Hours
Deon Meyer is one of the giants of crime fiction.”El Mundo (Spain)
Meyer manages not only to evoke a dense, gripping atmosphere, but also to create a finely chiselled panorama of South African society.”Berliner Morgenpost (Germany)
Classy, edgy writing, subtly plotted and beautifully balanced between fast-paced action, pungent social comment and the process of investigation.”Weekend Australian
About the Author
is the internationally acclaimed, prize-winning author of ten thrillers including Cobra
, Seven Days
, and the Barry Award-winning Thirteen Hours
. His books have been published in twenty-six languages. He lives in Stellenbosch, South Africa.