Thursday, August 30, 2012

Deon Meyer Wins South African Booksellers Award

Mystery, Suspense and Thriller Book Awards

Last week, South African crime novelist Deon Meyer won this year's Nielsen Booksellers' Choice Award for his latest "Benny Griessel" thriller, 7 Dae. This is not a crime fiction award as such, but we wanted to recognize the author and his novel here.

Open only to South African authors who are published in South Africa, the winner is selected by local booksellers from a shortlist of titles.

7 Dae (translated into English as Seven Days) is officially published here in the US next week by Atlantic Monthly Press … but seems to be available to purchase now. Find more information about the book below.

(Hat tip to In Reference to Murder for alerting us to this news.)

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Seven Days by Deon Meyer

Seven Days
Deon Meyer
A Benny Griessel Mystery (3rd in series)

I'll shoot a policeman every day until you arrest the murderer of Hanneke Sloet.

Shortly after the South African Police Services receive this threatening email, a policeman is shot by a sniper and recovering alcoholic Benny Griessel is ordered to reopen the Sloet case.

Hanneke Sloet was a sensual and ambitious lawyer. At the time of her murder she was working on one of the biggest Black Empowerment deals in South African history. She was found dead in her luxury Cape Town apartment, a single stab wound to her chest.

After forty days, the trail has gone cold. The first investigation could find no motive and no leads, only a set of nude photographs, an ex-boyfriend with a rock-solid alibi, conniving attorneys and financial double-dealing.

Benny has to deal with immense pressure from his superiors, the media and the unfathomable sniper, whose emails keep coming and who won't stop shooting. And then there's Benny's love interest, former pop sensation Alexa Barnard, who is also trying to rebuild her life after the ravages of alcohol, and Benny has to make sure she stays sober for her comeback.

At the same time, Benny's feisty colleague, Captain Mbali Kaleni, is hunting the shooter, trying desperately to find what connects him to Hanneke Sloet.

Both Benny and Mbali are about to endure seven days of hell.

Seven Days by Deon Meyer, Amazon Kindle format

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