cover image Thirteen Hours

Thirteen Hours

Deon Meyer, trans. from the Afrikaans by K.L. Seegers, Atlantic Monthly, $24 (384p) ISBN 978-0-8021-1958-2

In South African author Meyer's impressive second thriller to feature Cape Town Det. Insp. Benny Griessel (after Devil's Peak), which spans just 13 hours in a single day, Benny lands a pair of explosive cases: the gang slaying of an American tourist and the murder of the husband of a washed-up, alcoholic popular singer. After teenager Erin Russel turns up on the street with her throat cut, her traveling companion, Rachel Anderson, goes on the run. Rachel, who fears the police are connected to her friend's slaying, is trying to stay ahead of her pursuers without the help of the authorities. A few hours later, Benny interviews Alexandra Barnard about the death of her husband, Adam, a record company owner. Alexandra was found next to Adam's body and to the firearm used to kill him. While the windup doesn't match the pulse-pounding opening scenes, this crime novel does further enhance Meyer's reputation as a deft storyteller. (Sept.)