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The Dark Flood

ebook / ISBN-13: 9781529375541

Price: £18.99

ON SALE: 14th April 2022

Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Thriller / Suspense

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‘The undisputed champion of South African crime’ – Wilbur Smith

One last chance. Almost fired for insubordination, detectives Benny Griessel and Vaughn Cupido find themselves demoted, exiled from the elite Hawks unit and dispatched to the leafy streets of Stellenbosch. Working a missing persons report on student Callie de Bruin is not the level of work they are used to, but it’s all they get. And soon, it takes a dangerous, deeply disturbing turn.

One last chance. Stellenbosch is beautiful, but its economy has been ruined by one man. Jasper Boonstra and his gigantic corporate fraud have crashed the local property market, just when estate agent Sandra Steenberg desperately needs a big sale. Bringing up twins and supporting her academic husband, she is facing disaster. Then she gets a call. From Jasper Boonstra, fraudster, sexual predator and owner of a superb property worth millions, even now.

For Sandra, the stakes are high and about to get way higher.

For Benny Griessel, clinging to sobriety and the relationship that saved his life, the truth about Callie can only lead to more trouble.

Taut with intrigue, murder and suspense, exploding with action and excitement, The Dark Flood is a masterpiece from the author of Trackers and The Last Hunt.

‘One of the best crime writers on the planet’ – Daily Mail

Reviews

PRAISE FOR DEON MEYER:
A powerful exploration of humanity at its best and worst . . . simply stunning
Daily Express
Deon Meyer's Benny Griessel novels, featuring a detective in an elite crime squad in Cape Town, are a joy to read... Meyer has become an outstanding chronicler of South Africa's corruption
The Sunday Times
Great stuff
Stephen King
In a thriller packed with intrigue and biting social commentary, Meyer proves he is South Africa's finest crime writer
Sunday Express
Is Deon Meyer the most accomplished South African crime novelist in the history of the genre? The Dark Flood is further evidence of that assertion...every word earns its place, and there's no stinting on the usual nuanced critique of South African politics
Financial Times
Many writers treat character and context as window-dressing for their plots. Meyer roots his novels in them. This makes Griessel's fate important to the reader and gives Meyer's writing the heft of Table Mountain, as well as its ability to take your breath away
The Times, Thriller of the Month
Meyer handles the complicated plot with panache
Literary Review
Meyer's humane and engaging characters are indeed among "the best of the best"
Wall Street Journal
One of the best crime writers on the planet
Daily Mail
Stellar ... [a] wholly satisfying conclusion. This is the best work yet from this gifted author
Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
The undisputed champion of South African crime
Wilbur Smith
Up there with the best in the world
The Times
A fast-moving South African police procedural . . . The plotlines are tightly knitted together, and the story ends with a nifty twist. A well-crafted blend of suspense, culture, and humour. Meyer is terrific
Kirkus, Starred Review
A slick thriller full of acid commentary on corruption in modern SA
Sun
Achieves a fine mix of suspense, action, political intrigue and personal revelation
Wall Street Journal
Absorbing procedural details lead to an explosive confrontation with a ruthless street gang and a police-corruption scheme that links SAPS to the country's devastating political scandals. It's a grim period for South Africa, but Griessel and Caputo remain loyal to justice and to each other. A gritty but surprisingly hopeful instalment in Meyer's immensely popular series
Booklist
Fans of Jo Nesbø's similarly character-driven Harry Hole mysteries will find lots to like here
BookPage
Meyer brings readers another tense thriller with meticulous plotting, delving into corruption in South Africa's power structures, police abuses, and land schemes . . . Meyer is one of today's most skilled crime craftsmen
Crime Reads