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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.
- ISBN-13: 9780316017855
- ISBN-10: 031601785X
- Publisher: Little Brown and Company
- Publish Date: March 2008
- Page Count: 409
- Dimensions: 9.32 x 6.34 x 1.29 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.38 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 41.
- Review Date: 2008-01-28
- Reviewer: Staff
Complex, finely wrought characters, keen psychological insight and a compelling plot lift this crime novel from South African author Meyer (Dead Before Dying). Former mercenary Thobela Mpayipheli is trying to live a peaceful life, but these plans are shattered when his eight-year-old son, Pakamile, is shot dead. The two gunmen responsible escape before sentencing, and the grieving father decides to take matters into his own hands. As he pursues his son's killers, Mpayipheli begins to target pedophiles and other perpetrators of violence against children, meting out justice with a Xhosa tribal sword called an assegai.Dubbed “Artemis” by the papers as the killings increase, Mpayipheli becomes a kind of folk hero to the people of Capetown. Insp. Benny Griessel, an aging alcoholic whose struggles with the bottle have all but cost him his family and his life, works the case with a desperate intensity. Griessel finds an unlikely ally in Christine van Rooyen, a young prostitute, who lures the detective into a very dangerous plan of her own when her young daughter goes missing. This book is easily Meyer's finest effort to date. (Mar.)
Vengeance is mine
I first met South African author Deon Meyer and his ex-mercenary antihero Thobela Mpayipheli in Meyer's first novel, 2004's Heart of the Hunter. Mpayipheli, codenamed The Hunter, is a retired KGB-trained assassin,Êlately working in a motorcycle repair shop and trying to live a quiet life. It was not to be, as many operativesÊin the intelligence community were not willing to let him off quite so easily. Heart of the Hunter had it all: the inevitable tensions of an apartheid government, a complicated hero, violence, breakneck pacing. The events of Devil's Peak take place a few years later. Mpayipheli has seemingly settled completely into a mundane workaday life. His son, Pakamile, is the light of his life; that light is summarily extinguished by a pair of robbers, who shoot the boy dead at the end of a botched gas station robbery. Mpayipheli goes on a one-man rampage, seeking out and destroying those who would prey upon children, particularly those who are for one reason or another untouchable by the law. His deeds take on mythic proportions as he kills his prey with an assegai, a Xhosa sword of vengeance. Detective Benny Greissel gets the task of bringing the avenger to justice, although Greissel will prove to have some mixed feelings about that when his own daughter is brought into the mix. Easily the best thing from Meyer to date, Devil's Peak is relentless in pace and disturbing on every level you care to mention.