Trackers by Deon Meyer

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Lemmer’s first rule is: “Don’t get involved.” A highly skilled bodyguard with a violent, criminal past, he has settled into a quiet life in Loxton, South Africa, where the rural tranquility has helped to calm his explosive temper. But when a wealthy farmer asks for his help in smuggling a pair of rare black rhinos out of Zimbabwe (where they are murdered for their horns), he has a hard time saying no. Before he knows it, Lemmer is on a small airplane, zipping across the border, an airsickness bag in his hand and a military-grade shotgun at his feet. Soon, he will regret the trip very much.

In Trackers, internationally-acclaimed thriller writer Deon Meyer expertly weaves together Lemmer’s story with a missing person investigation and the machinations of a top intelligence agency. Wielding a phenomenal cast of characters, Meyer delves deep into the people, the breathtaking landscapes, and the politics and problems of this fascinating country. A #1 best-seller in South Africa, Trackers is an insightful novel that will take your breath away.

About Deon Meyer

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Deon Meyer is an internationally acclaimed, prize-winning author of seven crime novels, including Blood Safari, Thirteen Hours and Trackers. His books have been translated into twenty languages. He lives on the western coast of South Africa.
Published September 6, 2011 by Atlantic Monthly Press. 497 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Meanwhile, back in South Africa, a 40-something woman named Milla Strachan discovers, finally, that her husband is a right bastard, a “covert racist, bemoaning his lot in front of his son: ‘Now we have to come home to a bloody black.’ ” The bloody black in question would be the maid who now tends...

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In 2009, Janina Mentz, director of the Presidential Intelligence Agency, is disturbed by rumors that her agency, a creation of a prior administration, will be folded into a new, consolidated national intelligence bureaucracy.

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Tense action scenes, unrelenting suspense, and a phenomenal cast of characters ranging from farmers and conservationists, to outlaws and intelligence agents, make it abundantly clear why Mr. Meyer has been crowned the ‘King of South African crime.’”Reading fiction that has been translated from th...

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Dallas News

Meyer’s novel stands as the opposite of chaos, tying together all of these disparate elements into a wide-ranging but rather neat and effective plot, with all of the pleasures of converging story lines and the thrills that arise when you become convinced that everything you’re reading about in a ...

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In his latest thriller, Trackers, South African novelist Deon Meyer casts a gimlet eye on his native land and fellow countrymen.

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various evil low-lifes from the South African criminal classes and Mat Joubert, an ex-superintendent of police who now works for a private detective agency and is searching for a missing husband, thought by all who know him to be of extremely good character.

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The South African

Meyer breaks down his story into four sections, four neat books, the first about Milla, who’s just left her abusive husband and gormless son and unwittingly joined an anti-terrorist operation run by the government in Cape Town, the second about Lemmer, the tough, clever, attractive and violent bo...

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