From the author of Thirteen Hours - A Sunday Times '100 best crime novels and thrillers since 1945' pick
The former freedom fighter known as 'Tiny' has finally achieved his dream of a peaceful life. But then his beloved son is taken away from him. In that moment, he unleashes himself upon a corrupt South Africa. His victims are those guilty of crimes against children.
He goes by the name of Artemis.
Benny Griessel, a fading policeman on the brink of losing his job, family and self-respect, is assigned the case. Benny knows that this is his last chance - both his career and the safety of Cape Town are on the line.
But then Benny meets Christine, a young mother working as a prostitute, and something happens that is so terrifying that the world will never be the same again for Benny, for Christine, or for Tiny.
Meyer's superbly crafted South African thriller follows the interconnected lives of three characters: Christine van Rooyen, a beautiful but luckless Capetown prostitute who gets on the bad side of the brother of a Colombian drug lord; Thobela Mpayipheli, a former mercenary whose retirement ends with the murder of his eight-year-old son; and veteran police inspector Benny Griessel, an alcoholic burnout struggling to regain sobriety and the respect of his family and co-workers. Narrator Simon Vance turns in a successful performance in this audio edition. When Benny's mood swings from despair to hope, Vance's hoarse croak reflects the changes. Similarly, the narrator's rendition of Thobela changes from an initial paternal cheeriness when speaking with his son to despair at the boy's death and stoic flatness as he sets out on his quest for vengeance. Emotions run high throughout, and Vance successfully conveys every moment of despair and elation. But it's near the novel's end when the plot strands connect in a suspenseful and violent confrontation that Vance pulls out all the stops, adding a notable finishing touch to this compelling presentation.