South Africa is an unique and beautiful country, with many great stories to be told. Having grown up in South Africa, I know that not all those stories are necessarily beautiful, but they are definitely powerful.
The Last Hunt is one of the more powerful stories, relating our more recent history. And I LOVED IT!
The original story (Prooi) is written in Afrikaans and when it comes to translations, I’m always careful to judge language use, as the age and development of the language of origin can greatly influence the accuracy of the translation. However, the translation is done in such a way that it accurately captures the diverse dialect of small towns in South Africa, crucial to creating believable characters. Sunny South Africa is unique in the sense that we have 11 national languages, of which the accents and dialect affect our English pronunciation not only through our mother tongue, but also our location.
Any crime fiction junky will tell you that by the third book, you pretty much feel like you know the equipment and the setup. And sometimes the technical jargon can get a bit much. However, Meyer’s approach to technical jargon and detailed descriptions are done in such a way that it enhances the story. You get to experience the mind of the police officer.
In The Last Hunt, two intertwined tales (following a particularly horrible period in recent South African ) come together in a very climatic way. Initially, the stories appear unconnected and you carefully have to follow breadcrumbs to see how they fit together, up until the point where they become one storyline.
Addressing themes of honorability and loyalty, Meyer writes in a compelling manner that will have you on the edge of your seat.
The magnificence of the setting lies in the detail, you can actually google the places listed in this novel and see how accurately Meyer has described them. Without romanticising anything. Which I absolutely adored.
If you like shows like NCIS or Hawaii Five O you will LIVE for this book. Even though Meyer writes older characters, I would easily recommend this novel to any of my younger (20something) brothers as they will gorge on the action and suspense.
Not overly gory as some male-driven suspense novels can be.
When a cold case dossier lands on Captain Benny Griessel’s desk, he and his partner Vaughn Cupido, fellow member of the Hawks elite police unit in South Africa, reluctantly set to work reviewing the evidence of the disappearance–and possible murder–of ex-cop Johnson Johnson on the world’s most luxurious train line. Two fellow travelers might have the answers Griessel and Cupido need–but they too seem to have disappeared into thin air, and the few clues that exist suggest a cover-up. Meanwhile, Daniel Darret has settled into a new, quiet life in Bordeaux, far from his native South Africa and his revolutionary past. But when a man from that past reappears to commission his unique skills one more time, Daniel is forced to decide whether to remain anonymous or to strike a forceful blow against a corrupt government.
The two storylines eventually crash together in an ending as dramatic as it is unexpected, leaving Griessel and Cupido uncertain of their own future. With its rapid-fire plotting and beloved characters, The Last Hunt shows one of today’s great crime writers operating at the peak of his powers and makes a brave and powerful statement about the pervasive corruption that has stolen so much from Meyer’s native country.
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