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Dead Before Dying

Deon Meyer, Author, Madeleine Van Biljon, Translator
Deon Meyer, Author, Madeleine Van Biljon, Translator , trans. from the Afrikaans by Madeleine van Biljon. Little, Brown $24.95 (342p) ISBN 978-0-316-00013-0
Reviewed on: 03/27/2006
Release date: 05/01/2006
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South African journalist Meyer's first novel, his third to be released in the U.S. (after 2005's Dead at Daybreak ), is a gritty existential tale with enough muscle for thriller fans and noir aficionados alike. Mat Joubert, a 34-year-old Cape Town detective, has slipped into a downward spiral two years after his wife, a fellow cop, is killed in the line of duty. Complicating matters is his newly appointed boss, Bart de Wit, a bureaucrat determined to make a name for himself in the "new" South Africa, who sends Joubert to a shrink for counseling. Joubert's opportunity at redemption comes as he investigates a bizarre series of murders committed with a century-old Mauser pistol used by the Afrikaners in the Boer war. The killer even uses vintage cartridges. Trouble is, the murders appear to be completely random and unrelated. As Joubert closes in on the killer, the plot takes an unexpected turn that will shock readers. While not up to the standard of his later Dead at Daybreak , this remains a bold, character-driven page-turner. (May)

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