I think Devil’s Peak is a very good book. I recently did some narration work on it, and I enjoyed the story a lot. The story is by South African author Deon Meyer and the English translation by K.L. Seegers.
It is a fairly dark story, to be sure. So it isn’t for readers who are looking for fairy tales and happy endings. Not that there aren’t happy endings – sort of. And I didn’t find the three main characters the easiest folks to empathize with because they weren’t always doing the nicest things or making the wisest choices. But they did come across as interesting, complicated, and somewhat messed-up human beings – emphasis on their being human added by Deon Meyer on page after page.
Along the way I got some education in South African culture. I also had to learn how to recite lyrics from popular songs in Afrikaans (Loslappie and Waterblommetjies). I did my best with the Afrikaans! I also tried to get down the palatal tick required to properly pronounce Nxele, the name of a Xhosa warrior, chief, and prophet. Heck, there were a lot of proper names – places, roads, people – that took considerable research to track down as far as pronunciation. From a narrator’s point of view, it was hard work. But it was work that I enjoyed.
Here is a brief synopsis from goodreads.com —
From rising South African thriller writer Deon Meyer, a gripping suspense novel about revenge, forgiveness, and the race to catch a trained killer. A young woman makes a terrible confession to a priest. An honorable man takes his own revenge for an unspeakable tragedy. An aging inspector tries to get himself sober while taking on the most difficult case of his career. From this beginning, Deon Meyer weaves a story of astonishing complexity and suspense, as Inspector Benny Griessel faces off against a dangerous vigilante who has everything on his side, including public sympathy.
A gruesome abuse case has hit the newsstands, and one man has taken it upon himself to stand up for the children of Cape Town . When the accused is found stabbed through the heart by spear, it’s only the beginning of a string of bloody murders – and of a dangerous dilemma for detective Griessel. The detective is always just one step behind as someone slays the city’s killers. But the paths of Griessel and the avenger collide when a young prostitute lures them both into a dangerous plan – and the two find themselves with a heart-stopping problem that no system of justice could ever make right.