The sixth crime novel by the South-African author Dean Meyer translated from Afrikaans into English, Thirteen Hours (2010), returns us to detective inspector Bennie Griessel for the second time. It starts one morning at 05:36 when a woman is running up Lion’s Head. She is young, beautiful, American and terrified because she is being hunted like an animal. At 05:37, a call wakes Griessel to inform him there’s been a murder: a girl, her throat slit, her body lying next to St. Martini, the Lutheran Church in Long Street. At 07:02, the hung-over, alcoholic former singing sensation Alexa Barnard discovers her philandering music mogul husband’s body next to her on the floor – and a pistol just inches from her hand. By nine o’clock, with two murders to solve and his own longing for the bottle almost unbearable, Griessel realises his mentorship of a new generation of law enforcers is going to be a little more complicated than he anticipated. Past noon, the race to save a young tourist from death becomes desperate and chaotic, and just before half past five, they shoot Griessel in the heart. Al in all, a fairly typical day of thirteen hours of Cape Town homicide investigation. This thriller has it all: engaging characters and an unpredictable conclusion in an atypical crime story.