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The Dark Flood

#7 Benny Griessel

Deon Meyer KL Seegers



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Hodder & Stoughton
22 February 2022
Series: Benny Griessel
'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
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Imprint:   Hodder & Stoughton
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 232mm,  Width: 154mm,  Spine: 34mm
Weight:   500g
ISBN:   9781529375527
ISBN 10:   1529375525
Series:   Benny Griessel
Pages:   416
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Deon Meyer lives near Cape Town in South Africa. His big passions are mountain biking, music, reading, cooking and rugby. In January 2008 he retired from his day job as a consultant on brand strategy for BMW Motorrad, and is now a full time author. Deon Meyer's books have attracted worldwide critical acclaim and a growing international fanbase. Originally written in Afrikaans, they have now been translated into twenty-eight languages. THIRTEEN HOURS was shortlisted for the CWA International Dagger and won the Boeke Prize in South Africa - the first time in the prize's 16 year history that a South African book has won. His novels have also won literary prizes in the USA, France, Sweden, Germany and the Netherlands, and the film rights to seven of his novels have been optioned or sold. Deon has also written two television series, and several screenplays for movies. In 2013 he directed one of his original scripts for the feature film The Last Tango.

Reviews for The Dark Flood (#7 Benny Griessel)

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 * 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 * 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 * In a thriller packed with intrigue and biting social commentary, Meyer proves he is South Africa's finest crime writer * Sunday Express * Stellar ... [a] wholly satisfying conclusion. This is the best work yet from this gifted author * Publishers Weekly, Starred Review * Meyer handles the complicated plot with panache * Literary Review * 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 * PRAISE FOR DEON MEYER: Up there with the best in the world * The Times * The undisputed champion of South African crime * Wilbur Smith * Meyer's humane and engaging characters are indeed among the best of the best * Wall Street Journal * A powerful exploration of humanity at its best and worst . . . simply stunning * Daily Express * Great stuff * Stephen King * One of the best crime writers on the planet * Daily Mail * 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 *

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