Monday, January 18, 2016
Review of 7Days by Deon Meyer (Hodder, 2012)
Deon Meyer might well be the best writer of police procedural thrillers at present. His stories have all the good hallmarks of a police procedural – an interesting lead cop and supporting cast, a strong sense of place, interesting puzzles, and attention to detail – but they also have the pace and tension of a thriller; the rollercoaster ride of a race against time. And so it is with 7Days. Captain Benny Griessel, a man who trails a litany of personal failures in his wake, is given the task of solving a murder while under immense pressure from a sniper shooting police officers and bosses, politicians and media demanding immediate results. Meyer expertly balances character development, plot and pace, producing a highly engaging and entertaining read that not only delivers an intriguing story but nicely advances the longer narrative of the Griessel books. I was hooked from the first page and picked it up at every opportunity to find out how Benny was getting on at solving the two intertwined cases.