Benny Griessel is back! Deon Meyer’s latest novel COBRA is published in the UK today by Hodder and is also being launched in English in South Africa by Jonathan Ball, with a very busy author tour. Audiobook fans can order the Audible edition now too.
Why would a mathematics professor from Cambridge University, renting a holiday home outside Cape Town, require a false identity and three bodyguards? And where is he, now that they are dead? The only clue to the bodyguards' murder is the snake engraved on the shell casings of the bullets that killed them. Investigating the massacre, Benny Griessel and his team find themselves being drawn into an international conspiracy with shocking implications…
Read the first chapter of COBRA here.
Hear Deon Meyer introduce you to his hero Benny Griessel here.
You can read what his editor Nick Sayers has to say about the novels, and test your Afrikaans, here.
COBRA was chosen by Publisher’s Weekly as one of the Top Ten Mystery and Thriller for Fall and ‘Thriller of the Week’ on the very popular Dutch thriller & crime fiction community Crimezone.nl. In his home territory South Africa, COBRA (published in Afrikaans by Human & Rousseau as KOBRA) shot to Number 1 on Afrikaans publication last year, knocking Wilbur Smith off the top spot and beating off all international competition in English as well.
10 international publishers have signed up to COBRA with new deals regularly signed for ‘The best crime writer on the planet’ across the globe. COBRA will be published in France and Germany this October, and Deon will tour in both countries.
Mike Ripley from Shotsmag has nothing but praise for COBRA:
‘A masterful new thriller. This is terrific stuff: fine plotting, superb characterisation, a constant thread of suspense, a multi-ethnic cast and an intriguing setting. It also comes with a glossary of South African terms and if COBRA doesn’t win at least one major prize this year, then someone needs a good snotskoot blikseming.’
Deon Meyer will be on BBC Radio 4’s Front Row today at 19:15 GMT to talk about the novel, so make sure you tune in.
Praise for Deon Meyer:
‘A master on vintage form… He is a defining novelist of modern South Africa.’ – Barry Forshaw, Books of the Year 2012, Independent
‘Deon Meyer is one of the best crime writers on the planet.’ – Mail on Sunday
'With Deon Meyer you can't go wrong. He's a writer whose work I admire, wait for and then devour.' -- Michael Connelly