"Heart of the Hunter" is most obviously a rip-roaring adventure, a portrait of spy-world duplicity and a look at South Africa's post-apartheid politics. But this thriller is also an ambitious attempt to create a mythic hero.
Thobela works admirably as a character, but ultimately he is a symbol of all that is strong and long-suffering in Africa and Africans.
Meyer is trying to show us the soul of a continent, and to a considerable degree he succeeds.
- Patrick Anderson in the Washington Post.
‘Out of post-apartheid South Africa comes a thriller good enough to nip at the heels of le Carré ... Wonderful setting; rich, colourful cast, headed by a valiant/vulnerable protagonist who makes empathy easy ... Fans of the [suspense novel] genre won’t want to miss Meyer’s US debut.’
- Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews
'So authentic is Thobela Mpayipheli that South African thriller junkies, who have been waiting a long time for an enthralling read to come out of this country, will fall in love with the gentle Xhosa giant.'
- Sunday Times (South Africa)
"Deon Meyer... gives us an exciting and oddly hopeful look into what feels, smells, and sounds very much like life in today's South Africa ...
HEART OF THE HUNTER is the dark, explosive side of Alexander McCall Smith's Botswana books, as full of love for the vast beauty of the country but also riddled by the anger of South Africa's recent racial and political struggles...
- Chicago Tribune
'Heart of the Hunter', a brilliant American debut by Afrikaans writer Deon Meyer, uses political intrigue as the fuel for a fast-paced crime thriller.
- The Times-Picayune
This is a thriller of massive proportions. The cast of interesting and conflicted characters are always easy to identify. Within the structure of a conventional suspense novel, Deon Meyer has inserted a twisty mystery that enhances and encourages the enjoyment readers will find here.
- Carl Brookins, Reviewing the evidence