Devil's Peak

Devil's Peak

A Novel

Book - 2008 | 1st U.S. ed.
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From rising South African thriller writer Deon Meyer, a gripping suspense novel about revenge, forgiveness, and the race to catch a trained killer.

A young woman makes a terrible confession to a priest. An honorable man takes his own revenge for an unspeakable tragedy. An aging inspector tries to get himself sober while taking on the most difficult case of his career. From this beginning, Deon Meyer weaves a story of astonishing complexity and suspense, as Inspector Benny Griessel faces off against a dangerous vigilante who has everything on his side, including public sympathy.

A gruesome abuse case has hit the newsstands, and one man has taken it upon himself to stand up for the children of Cape Town. When the accused is found stabbed through the heart by spear, it's only the beginning of a string of bloody murders - and of a dangerous dilemma for detective Griessel. The detective is always just one step behind as someone slays the city's killers. But the paths of Griessel and the avenger collide when a young prostitute lures them both into a dangerous plan - and the two find themselves with a heart-stopping problem that no system of justice could ever make right.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown, 2008.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
ISBN: 9780316017855
031601785X
Branch Call Number: FIC MEYER, D.
Characteristics: 409 p. ; 25 cm.
Additional Contributors: Seegers, K. L.

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srkmeyer
Feb 12, 2020

Even better the 2nd time 'round.

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Dreamstime
May 29, 2019

I read a lot of detective/private eye books. To this point, James Lee Burke's Robicheau has been at the top of my list. No longer. Benny Griessel is now my favorite. Deon Meyer's DEVILS PEAK is a fabulous story set in South Africa, a tapestry revealing the trials of three characters originally unknown to each other whose stories gradually come together. What binds them is sadness and loss, and ultimately redemption. Meyer pulls me into their orbit. I cared about each one for different reasons. Benny is an alcoholic struggling to regain the love of his wife and daughter. But he faces his trial without self-pity. Late last night I was near the conclusion of the story, with perhaps about 30 pages to go. The outcome was in doubt and the intersection of action was beginning to build. But I stopped. I was tired and did not want to rush through this delicious meal. So this morning with a cup of coffee I read slowly and relished the fantastic (!!) and fitting conclusion. DEVIL'S PEAK deserves fame and recognition. The best I can do is leave this review and give it five stars. I'd give it many more if I could.

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Dub
Mar 30, 2017

An excellent crime/thriller...intricate storyline and engaging writing. Highly recommended.

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