BOOK REVIEW: DEVIL'S PEAK
What a fascinating story! Christine—a sex worker who has talked herself into thinking she enjoys the work because of the sex. Thobela—a former soldier Umkhonto We Sizwe soldier whose son is murdered and how he becomes the vigilante that everyone admires and wants him to keep avenging the children. Last, but not least, Detective Inspector Benny Griessel of the Domestic Violence Unit, a man born to be a policeman but after so many, many crimes against humanity, cannot do the job with out a bottle in his pocket. He will lose everything: his job, his wife, his children, his life, unless he can climb out of the bottle.
Set in the South African area of Cape Town, Thobela is a warrior from the old days who uses an assegai to avenge brutal rapes and murders of children. He is from a once proud tribe. Now, whites and blacks have taken over his country and with them, they have brought crimes of passion and drugs from Colombia.
This is a story cleverly interwoven, coming from several points of view and climaxing in a dangerous and well thought-out series of events. Meyer is quite the storyteller. Start this on Friday so you’ll have the weekend to finish it and perhaps get some sleep when visions of an assegai flashing in the night vanish from your thoughts.
REVIEWED BY SHERRY MERRYMAN
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