7 days

7 Days Author : Deon Meyer
Country : South Africa

The eighth crime novel by the South-African author Deon Meyer translated from Afrikaans into English, 7 Days 2012), features inspector Bennie Griessel again, who has to reopen the Sloet dossier.

The eighth crime novel by the South-African author Deon Meyer translated from Afrikaans into English, 7 Days 2012), features inspector Bennie Griessel for the third time, when he has to reopen the Sloet dossier. The case is 40 days old and the trail has gone cold. There is no motive, no lead, just a set of nude photographs, a very complicated business transaction, and immense pressure from the brass, the media, and a relentless, unfathomable sniper who will “shoot[s] one policeman every day, until you arrest the murderer of Hanneke Sloet,” as he says in an e-mail to the South African Police Services. In seven days of hell, Griessel has to keep his love interest, the alcoholic, former singing sensation Alexa Barnard, sober for her comeback concert, cope with his daughter’s rather silly boyfriend, his son’s shenanigans, and his new partner’s idiosyncrasies – and try to control tame his penchant for the bottle. Barry Forshaw in The Independent wrote, “there is no gainsaying the sheer momentum of the storytelling. And there is a key thing to praise in 7 Days: how does Meyer manage to make the hoariest cliché of crime fiction – the alcoholic copper – read as if we’ve never encountered this device?” In 2012, Seven Days won the M-Net Prize for Most Filmic Novel, the ATKV Prize for Best Suspense Fiction, and the Booksellers’ Choice Award from the South African Booksellers Association (SABA).

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