For my second post of the day I’m thrilled to welcome you to my stop on the blog tour for gripping thriller The Last Hunt (Benny Griessel Book 6) by acclaimed author Deon Meyer. Thank you as always to Jenny Platt for the invitation and to Hodder & Stoughton for my copy of this exciting and fast moving book.
About the book:
A cold case for Captain Benny Griessel and Vaughn Cupido of the Hawks elite police unit – not what they were looking for. And a difficult case, too. The body of Johnson Johnson, ex-cop, has been found beside a railway line. He appears to have jumped from South Africa’s – perhaps the world’s – most luxurious train, and two suspicious characters seen with him have disappeared into thin air. The regular police have already failed to make progress and others are intent on muddying the waters.
Meanwhile in Bordeaux, Daniel Darret is settled in a new life on a different continent. A quiet life. But his skills as an international hit-man are required one more time, and Daniel is given no choice in the matter. He must hunt again – his prey the corrupt president of his homeland.
Three strands of the same story become entwined in a ferocious race against time – for the Hawks to work out what lies behind the death of Johnson, for Daniel to evade the relentless Russian agents tracking him, for Benny Griessel to survive long enough to take another huge step in his efforts to piece together again the life he nearly destroyed – and finally ask Alexa Bernard to marry him.
The Last Hunt shows one of the great crime writers operating at the peak of his powers.
About the author:
Deon Meyer lives near Cape Town in South Africa. His big passions are motorcycling, 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 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’.
Visit the author’s website at http://www.deonmeyer.com and follow him on Twitter @MeyerDeon
The Last Hunt by acclaimed South African author Deon Meyer is book 6 in the series of books featuring Captain Benny Griessel, but is the first one I’ve read. A fast moving and gripping thriller that kept me enthralled from beginning to end, I loved the exhilarating rollercoaster of a ride this book took me on. And although I haven’t read the previous books in the series, it didn’t feel as though this hindered my enjoyment of the story at all. With strong, well developed characters, it didn’t take me long to become engrossed in the storyline and it has definitely made me want to go back and learn more about Benny and his team.
Three strands of the same story become entwined as the Hawks elite police unit find themselves in a race against time, trying desperately to work out what lies behind the death of former policeman, Johnson, a cold case unlike any they have ever come across before. Can they solve the case in time? And will Benny Griessel survive long enough to put the shattered pieces of his life back together again? And if he does, will he finally be able to ask Alexa Bernard to marry him?
The Last Hunt is a sharp, slick crime thriller that will keep you on your toes throughout. It’s full of the twists, turns and suspense that are the perfect recipe for a gripping read that once started is impossible to put down. The tension is palpable as the story moves towards its final, nail biting conclusion, leaving you breathless as you reach the final page.
This may have been my first book by Deon Meyer but it definitely won’t be my last. Skilfully translated from its original Afrikaans, The Last Hunt is a stylish thriller that captures your imagination from the very first page, refusing to let go until the final page has been turned. An exhilarating read that I would highly recommend.
The Last Hunt by Deon Meyer is available to buy now: Amazon UK
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