7 Days

"7 DAYS, is a perfect example of why he is, in my opinion, one of the very best crime fiction authors in the world today." — Maxine Clarke on Euro Crime.

“I’ll shoot one policeman every day, until you arrest the murderer of Hanneke Sloet,” says the e-mail to the South African Police Services. And then the threat becomes reality.

Bennie Griessel has to reopen the Sloet dossier. The case is 40 days old, the trail has gone cold. No motive, no leads, just a set of nude photographs, a very complicated business transaction, and immense pressure from the brass, the media, and the relentless, unfathomable sniper.

And through it all, Griessel has to keep his love interest, the alcoholic, former singing sensation Alexa Barnard, sober for her comeback concert, cope with his daughter’s Neanderthal boyfriend, his son’s shenanigans, and his new partner’s idiosyncrasies – and try to tame his own all-consuming lust for the soothing powers of the bottle.

Seven days of hell.

More reviews:

  • What makes Meyer such a national treasure - and as good as anyone in the world - is that even if you have no knowledge or interest in South Africa's history or present, his books are compelling page-turners. — Julia Beffon in The Times

  • ... there is no gainsaying the sheer momentum of the storytelling. And there is a key thing to praise in 7 Days: how does Meyer manage to make the hoariest cliché of crime fiction – the alcoholic copper – read as if we've never encountered this device? — Barry Forshaw in The Independent


The World of 7 Days

Death of a lawyer: The building in Rose Street, Bo-Kaap, which inspired the apartment in which Hanneke Sloet was murdered.

 

Inside story: The inside of an apartment similar to that of Hanneke Sloet's. Her body was 'found' next to the white pillar.

 

Bo-Kaap Colour: The Bo-Kaap. It is a multicultural area, tucked safely into the fold of Signal Hill, with cobblestoned streets and brightly coloured houses from the nineteenth and seventeenth century, Muslim saints' shrines (“kramats“), and many beautiful Mosques, including the first established Muslim Mosque in South Africa.

 

Something Fishy: Mbali Kaleni's new favourite food shop in Bellville - 'Catch of the Day', just around the corner from the Hawks headquarters, in Voortrekker Street.

 

Benny's place: The apartment building which inspired Benny's home (in 7 Days) - in Vriende Street, Gardens. The gate where Benny is shot at, is just behind the black VW Golf to the left of the stop street. (The photograph was taken from the corner where the sniper would have parked).