Blood Safari

Blood Safari Author : Deon Meyer
Country : South Africa

The fifth crime novel by Deon Meyer to be translated from Afrikaans into English, Blood Safari (2009), features Lemmer, a lean and inconspicuous former government body guard, referred to as an Invisible rather than a Gorilla.

The fifth crime novel by Deon Meyer to be translated from Afrikaans into English, Blood Safari (2009), features Lemmer, a lean and inconspicuous former government body guard, referred to as an Invisible rather than a Gorilla. He is white trash, a violent man with a criminal record who spent four years in jail after killing a man in a road rage incident. He lives in the remote village of Loxton in the Upper Karoo, trying to rebuild his life, when the call from Body Armor, the personal security company, comes on Christmas morning: Emma le Roux, a brand consultant from Cape Town, wants to hire him to find her brother, who she saw on the television news a few days ago. He seems to be the suspect in the killing of a witch doctor and four vulture poachers up in the Lowveld of Mpumalanga Province, and is now apparently on the run. Yet, her brother is supposed to be dead, having disappeared twenty years ago in the Kruger National Park. Apparently a case of mistaken identity, she received a mysterious phone call and three men in balaclavas broke down her front door and tried to kill her. Against knowing better but attracted by his client’s beauty, Lemmer starts digging, uncovering simmering racial and political tensions, greed, corruption, and a network of eco-terrorists. He bangs heads, has an encounter with a black mamba, and follows the leads until he finds the people who attacked and almost killed Emma. Getting to them will be extremely dangerous, and exposing them could have international political implications, but Lemmer goes after them against all odds. “A hell of a thriller”, according to the Guardian.

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