Devils'Peak

"This moving, expertly constructed story of a broken man’s redemption is bound to win awards." — John Dugdale, The Sunday Times, London.

My name is Benny Griessel and I am an alcoholic.

"Hello, Benny," said thirty-two voices in a happy chorus.

"Last night I drank a whole bottle of Jack Daniels and I hit my wife. This morning she kicked me out of the house. I have gone one day without drinking. I am here because I can't control my drinking. I am here because I want my wife and children and my life back."

But getting his life back won't be easy for Detective Inspector Benny Griessel of Cape Town's Serious and Violent Crimes Unit, because there is a vigilante killer on the loose - a ruthless executioner with a personal vendetta against the scum committing crimes against children.

With the media screaming, politicians turning up the heat, his young, inexperienced colleagues bumbling, and the body count rising, Griessel has to resort to the desperate measure of setting a trap.

But his brilliant plan does not quite take into account the love of a sex worker for her child, the ruthlessness of the deadly Sangrenegra drug cartel or his own passion for the healing powers of the bottle.

More reviews:

  • ... if you want a glimpse of the soul of the new South Africa in all its glory, and with all the gory details of its problems and corruption, Meyer is your man. Devil's Peak reflects the country's spiralling crime rate and particularly the dramatic increase in child rape, which is influenced by the pervasive myth that it can cure men of Aids.

    Its two powerfully drawn protagonists work their way towards each other over the course of the novel, with the author giving expert tugs to the reins to keep them on course.

    I marvelled at the intricacy of the plotting, I smiled at Christine's cheeky ingenuity, I felt Thobela's pain and Benny's desperation, and I was stunned by a dénouement of awesome power and accomplishment.

    — Matthew Lewin, The Guardian.

  • Devil’s Peak is tough in-your-face crime writing that spares nothing in language, visceral scenes of blood and mayhem (for Meyer is adroit at choreographing descriptions of slaughter), and never waivers from the compelling pace of the story. It also has a mean line in humour that comes through in the snappy dialogue.

    — Mike Nicol in The Sunday Independent

  • Devil’s Peak interweaves the story lines of three characters:Thobela, an assegai-wielding avenger who kills anyone guilty of harming children; Benny, an alcoholic cop heading the team hunting for him; and Christine, a call girl Benny uses to set a trap.

    Deon Meyer is ... one of the sharpest and most perceptive thriller writers around.'

    — Peter Millar, The Times (London)