Seven Days: A Novel

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Detective Griessel must solve a cold case to stop a shooter in this thriller from the acclaimed South African author.
 
Two police officers have been shot, and the Cape Town homicide department has received emails from the shooter alleging the cover-up of an unsolved murder. If the cold case isn’t reopened immediately, the shooter’s carnage will continue.
 
Now Det. Capt. Benny Griessel is out to solve the crime in question: the murder of an ambitious lawyer stabbed to death in her luxury apartment. Unfortunately, there’s no apparent motive, forensic evidence, or leads.
 
As Griessel races to piece together an investigation with nothing to go on and his colleague, Capt. Mbali Kaleni, attempts to locate the shooter, a third cop becomes the victim of another barrage of bullets. The shooter is growing bolder by the day, and it’s only a matter of time before Griessel ends up in his sights . . .
 
“What makes Meyer such a national treasure—and as good as anyone in the world—is that even if you have no knowledge or interest in South Africa’s history or present, his books are compelling page-turners.” —The Times (London)
 
“Superior prose and characterization . . . reminiscent of Peter Lovesey at his twistiest.” —Publishers Weekly
 
“Sleekly done crime fiction layered with the cultural complexities of the new South Africa.” —Booklist
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Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
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Sep 4, 2012
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320
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ISBN
9780802193933
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English
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Fiction / Crime
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Police Procedural
Fiction / Thrillers / Crime
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By the co-writer of the HBO miniseries The Night Of

Richard Price's New York Times bestseller, The Whites, is an electrifying tale of a New York City police detective under siege-by an unsolved murder, by his own dark past, and by a violent stalker seeking revenge.

Back in the run-and-gun days of the mid-1990s, when a young Billy Graves worked in the South Bronx as part of an aggressive anti-crime unit known as the Wild Geese, he made headlines by accidentally shooting a ten-year-old boy while struggling with an angel-dusted berserker on a crowded street. Branded as a loose cannon by his higher-ups, Billy spent years enduring one dead-end posting after another. Now in his early forties, he has somehow survived and become a sergeant in Manhattan Night Watch, a small team of detectives charged with responding to all post-midnight felonies from Wall Street to Harlem. Mostly, his unit acts as little more than a set-up crew for the incoming shift, but after years in police purgatory, Billy is content simply to do his job.

Then comes a call that changes everything: Night Watch is summoned to the four a.m. fatal slashing of a man in Penn Station, and this time Billy's investigation moves beyond the usual handoff to the day tour. And when he discovers that the victim was once a suspect in the unsolved murder of a twelve-year-old boy-a savage case with connections to the former members of the Wild Geese-the bad old days are back in Billy's life with a vengeance, tearing apart enduring friendships forged in the urban trenches and even threatening the safety of his family.

Razor-sharp and propulsively written, The Whites introduces Harry Brandt--a new master of American crime fiction.

A NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW BEST CRIME NOVEL OF THE YEAR
A CrimeReads Best Crime Novel Notable selection
Harry Bosch and LAPD Detective Renée Ballard come together again on the murder case that obsessed Bosch's mentor, the man who trained him---new from #1 New York Times bestselling author Michael Connelly

Back when Harry Bosch was just a rookie homicide detective, he had an inspiring mentor who taught him to take the work personally and light the fire of relentlessness for every case. Now that mentor, John Jack Thompson, is dead, and his widow gives Bosch a murder book, one that Thompson took with him when he left the LAPD twenty years before -- the unsolved killing of a troubled young man.

Bosch takes the murder book to Detective Renée Ballard and asks her to help him discover what about this crime lit Thompson's fire all those years ago. As she begins her inqueries -- while still working her own cases on the midnight shift -- Ballad finds aspects of the initial investigation that just don't add up.

The bond between Bosch and Ballard tightens as they become a formidable investigation team. And they soon arrive at a disturbing question: Did Thompson steal the murder book to work the case in retirement, or to make sure it never got solved?
Written with the intense pacing and masterful suspense that have made Michael Connelly "the hard-boiled fiction master of our time" (NPR), The Night Fire continues the unofficial partnership of two fierce detectives determined not to let the fire with burn out.
This series featuring South African detective Benny Griessel “is one of the high points of contemporary crime fiction” and “Icarus is his best yet” (The Guardian).
 
When a plastic-wrapped corpse is found amidst the sand dunes north of Cape Town, it doesn’t take long for the police to identify the body as Ernst Richter—the tech whiz behind MyAlibi, an Internet service that provides unfaithful partners with sophisticated cover stories to hide their affairs.
 
The murder quickly becomes the subject of fierce media speculation, with questions swirling about potential motives and perpetrators. Maybe it was one of MyAlibi’s countless jilted spouses, or perhaps an aggrieved client. With a spotlight shining on the investigation, detective Benny Griessel’s boss wants him on the case—and he won’t take no for an answer.
 
Before the week is out, a connection to a storied family winery comes to light and adds another layer of tension. But Griessel will have to make sure his suspicions are beyond the shadow of a doubt—or it might be his head on the chopping block.
 
“Meyer . . . has long been hailed as South Africa’s greatest crime writer. Icarus places him firmly in the top international league.” —The Times (London)
 
“Meyer has perfected structure and pace, reveals and red herrings, chapter beats, plot and subplot but he enriches the story with fascinating detail.” —The Sunday Times
 
“A meticulously crafted portrait of modern-day South Africa, Icarus is a spellbinding tour de force.” —New York Journal of Books
 
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