Deon Meyer’s latest crime thriller IKARUS (published in Afrikaans by the Human & Rousseau imprint of NB Publishers), is the #1 bestseller in South African charts, across fiction and non-fiction and in all languages.
In IKARUS, the body of Ernst Richter, founder of the controversial website Alibi.co.za, is discovered in a shallow grave in the West Coast dunes. The young entrepreneur had been reported missing a month ago, and the police know this is going to be a high-profile case, with the media watching every move. Even under normal circumstances Hawks team members Bennie Griessel and Vaughn Cupido would have had their work cut out for them – but circumstances are anything but normal. Griessel has started hitting the bottle again, with a vengeance, and Cupido has fallen in love . . . with a suspect. Can Benny pull together the strands of his life in time to help catch the killer?
ICARUS will be released in the UK by Hodder & Stoughton in August 2015 and in the US by Grove Atlantic in October 2015, with more publications to follow in France, Germany, Holland and other markets.
Deon Meyer lives in Cape Town. His books are sold in 27 countries, and have been awarded many prizes around the world: the Deutsche Krimi Prize in Germany, the ATKV Prize in South Africa, and Le Grand Prix de Littérature Policière and Le Prix Mystère de la Critique in France. His novel THIRTEEN HOURS was shortlisted for the 2010 CWA International Dagger and named one of the Top 50 Thrillers of the past five years in The Sunday Times 2014 and HEART OF THE HUNTER was longlisted for the 2005 IMPAC Prize and selected as one of Chicago Tribune's '10 best mysteries and thrillers of 2004'.
Praise for Deon Meyer:
‘Deon Meyer is one of the best crime writers on the planet.’ – Mail on Sunday
‘Deon Meyer's novels... are absolutely worthy of Hammett and Chandler, the great North American Masters of the Thirties and the Forties’ – Carmen Méndez, Expansión
‘A master on vintage form… He is a defining novelist of modern South Africa.’ – Barry Forshaw, Books of the Year 2012, Independent
‘Meyer is brilliant at suspense, a skill that is coupled with beguilingly unabashed social commentary.’ – William Saunderson-Meyer, The Times (SA)