December 24 - I haven't been able to update this site for some
months, given the pressures of other work over the fall
So it's just now that I'm noting that September was the month I first discovered Deon Meyer, by far
the best at portraying "post-apartheid" South Africa of any that I have come
across, both recognizing and exploding racial and ethnic stereotypes and
highlighting both the links to the past and the "new" South Africa.
Not all of his books are yet available in English translation, but I came
across the latest at the library - Blood Safari, and managed to find
used copies of two earlier ones: Dead at Daybreak and
Dead Before Dying Blood Safari features a professional bodyguard;
the other two feature Cape Town detective Benny Griessel. All his protagonists
are complicated figures with character flaws combined with a devotion to duty.
Kenneth Abel's Down in the Flood is an
excellent story of New Orleans at the time of Katrina. His earlier book,
The Blue Wall , set in New York, is ok,
but not as good as the New Orleans one, in my opinion. C.J. Box's
Trophy Hunt , set in Wyoming, and Laura Wilson's
The Innocent Spy, set in London, are both enjoyable reads, but
they didn't strike me as outstanding.
More about these Authors
Kenneth Abel on Amazon UK | Bookmooch | Wikipedia
C. J. Box on Amazon UK | Bookmooch | Wikipedia
Deon Meyer on Amazon UK | Bookmooch | Wikipedia
Laura Wilson on Amazon UK | Bookmooch | Wikipedia