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Deon Meyer is a former South African journalist, advertising copywriter and award-winning author of mystery, thriller and crime fiction novels.

He is also a screenwriter, internet manager and brand strategist.

Born in Paarl, South Africa, Deon attended the Universities of Northwest, Free State and Stellenbosch, and holds a Masters’ Degree in Creative Writing.

His books have been translated into 27 languages, and published in more than 40 countries across the globe, with his books Dead Before Dying (as Cape Town) and Trackers getting adapted into international TV series.

As a screenwriter, Deon has written two tv series, four screenplays for feature films, on top of producing and directing movies in his native Afrikaans.

The recipient of the M-Net Award for Most Filmic Novel (2009, 2012), and the Barry Award for Best Thriller (2010), Deon lives in Stellenbosch with his wife Marianne.

He enjoys mountain biking, cooking, photography, and has a soft spot for Free State Cheetahs and Springbok rugby.

More about Deon Meyer

Genres: Mystery, Thriller

Born: 1958

South Africa


Non Series

  • Fever (2016)


  1. Enjoy!: Cooking with Anita & Deon Meyer (2012)

Benny Griessel

  1. Devil's Peak (2004)
  2. Thirteen Hours (2008)
  3. Seven Days (2011)
  4. Cobra (2013)
  5. Icarus (2015)
  6. The Woman in the Blue Cloak: A Benny Griessel Novella (2018)
  7. The Last Hunt (2019)
  8. The Dark Flood (2022)

Lemmer Mysteries

  1. Blood Safari (2008)

Lemmer Thrillers

  1. Heart of the Hunter (2003)
  2. Trackers (2010)

Mat Joubert

  1. Dead at Daybreak (1998)
  2. Dead Before Dying (1999)
Non Series
Lemmer Mysteries

Detailed book overview

Non Series


A powerful story of love, betrayal, and survival in a world devastated by a fatal virus known simply as “the Fever.”

Nico Storm and his father, Willem, drive a truck filled with essential supplies through a desolate land. A devastating virus has swept over the planet, and they are among its few survivors. Nico―although he is still only a boy―is gifted with superb marksmanship and a cool head, while Willem is a thinker and a leader with a vision for a new community of survivors that they will rebuild from the ruins. And so Amanzi is founded, drawing Storm’s “homeless and tempest-tost,” including Sofia Bergman, the most beautiful girl Nico has ever seen.

As the community grows, so do the challenges they face―not just from the attacks of biker brigands, but also from within. In this new world, Nico undergoes an extraordinary rite of passage, testing his loyalty to the limits until he faces the greatest rupture of all―the murder of the person he loves most.

Author: Deon Meyer
First Release: 2016
ISBN: 978-0802128614
Publisher: Grove Press


Enjoy!: Cooking with Anita & Deon Meyer

Top selling crime author and genuine foodie Deon Meyer and his wife Anita invite you into their family home. They treat readers like old friends open their home and kitchen to us and share the recipes they have come to cherish over their years together.

All the dishes in the book are delicious, easy to make and popular among South Africans. There is a wide variety, ranging from Deon's breakfast muesli to the bread pudding that completes the Meyers’ Sunday lunches. Treat your family and friends to the softest ribs, fried potatoes, mud cake, pumpkin fritters and much more.

Many of the recipes come from the Karoo, learned from the Loxton farming community and given a special Meyer twist, while others are fast food for urban families. After all, Deon and Anita have a large brood to feed, with their teenaged children and their many friends often filling up every seat at their huge table. With over 75 recipes from the Meyers' own kitchen, all fully tested and guaranteed to be yummy. Lavishly illustrated.

Author: Deon Meyer
First Release: 2012
ISBN: 978-0798152174
Publisher: NB Publishers

Benny Griessel

Devil's Peak

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.

NB: This book is also known as Infanta.

Author: Deon Meyer
First Release: 2004
ISBN: 978-1444730746
Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks
Thirteen Hours

South African detective Benny Griessel has one day to solve two murders...

As morning dawns in Cape Town, Det. Capt. Benny Griessel finds himself facing a difficult day. A South African music executive has been shot dead.

An American teenager’s body has been found on the street, her throat cut. And her friend Rachel Anderson is somewhere in the city, terrified and alone, but hopefully still alive. 

For both cases, time is short and media attention is high. And while the homicide detective has been sober for 156 days, day 157 is going to be a tough one...

Author: Deon Meyer
First Release: 2008
ISBN: 978-0340953617
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Seven Days

Two police officers have been shot, and the department has received emails from the shooter alleging corruption and a cover up in a cold case. The shooter quotes scripture and threatens more violence until the cold case is solved.

The case in question is the murder of Hanneke Sloet, an ambitious lawyer stabbed to death in her luxury apartment. There's no apparent motive, no leads, and no promising forensic evidence. There's no sign of a struggle either; the front door to Sloet's apartment was not damaged, so Griessel is sure she either knew the killer, or the killer had a key. All in all, the original inspector seems to have done a thorough job, only to come up empty.

The one piece of evidence that Griessel finds promising is a set of provocative professional photos of herself that Sloet kept in her apartment. Perhaps jealous rage was the motive? Sloet's ex-boyfriend, who works at a vineyard making barrels, had the strength, the connection, and the access to the right type of blade, but he has an alibi that checks out.

And then, another cop is shot.

Pressure ramps up on Griessel, and on his feisty colleague, Captain Mbali Kaleni, who is hunting the shooter, trying desperately to find a connection to Sloet as the number of injured rise. The emails keep coming, and the shooter reaches out to the media. And then, as if Griessel's life isn't complicated enough, his girlfriend Alexa Bernard, a singer who was in Thirteen Hours, falls off the wagon herself thanks to the pressure of a big comeback concert.

Author: Deon Meyer
First Release: 2011
ISBN: 978-0802121745
Publisher: Grove Press

At the start of this masterful thriller, a famous English mathematician is kidnapped and his two bodyguards are killed at a guest house in the beautiful wine country outside Cape Town. It’s clearly a professional hit, and the spent shell cases offer a chilling clue: Each is engraved with the head of a spitting cobra.

Meanwhile, in the city, a skilled thief is using his talents to put his sister through college. But he picks the wrong pocket, grabbing the wallet of a young American woman delivering something very valuable and dangerous to South Africa. The thief not only becomes the target of the Cobra, but unwittingly has in his possession information that could cause an international outcry. And it’s up to Captain Benny Griessel and his elite investigation team to find the pickpocket and track down the Cobra.

Author: Deon Meyer
First Release: 2013
ISBN: 978-0802124227
Publisher: Grove Press

Captain Benny Griessel is forced to take a case involving a controversial tech figure while coping with the death of a colleague.

Deon Meyer, South Africa’s preeminent crime fiction writer, is internationally acclaimed for his razor’s-edge thrillers, unforgettable characters, and nuanced portrayals of contemporary life in his native country. The latest pulse-pounder starring Captain Benny Griessel, a lead detective in South Africa’s Priority Crimes Investigation unit, delves into a high-profile murder case and the country’s burgeoning tech and wine industries.

A week before Christmas, a young photographer discovers a plastic-wrapped corpse amidst the sand dunes north of Cape Town. It doesn’t take long for the police to identify the body as that of Ernst Richter―the tech whiz and founder of Alibi, an internet service that provides unfaithful partners with sophisticated cover stories to hide their affairs.

Meanwhile, Benny Griessel is called to the scene of a murder-suicide involving a former colleague, and 602 days of sobriety are undone on the spot. He seems determined to drink away his career, but the take-no-sass Major Mbali Kaleni, now his boss, wants Griessel on the Richter case.

The murder has already been the subject of fierce media speculation, with questions swirling about the potential for motive: could the perpetrator be one of the countless jilted spouses? An aggrieved client? Before the week is out, an unexpected connection to a troubled family winery comes to light, and Griessel must either quit drinking and close the case, or risk losing everything he loves.

Author: Deon Meyer
First Release: 2015
ISBN: 978-0802125514
Publisher: Grove Press
The Woman in the Blue Cloak: A Benny Griessel Novella

A riveting tale of a case that combines the disappearance of an Old Masters painting with a grisly murder.

Early on a May morning in the depth of South Africa’s winter, a woman’s naked body, washed in bleach, is discovered on a stone wall beside the N2 highway at the top of Sir Lowry’s Pass, some thirty-five miles from Cape Town.

The local investigation stalls, so the case is referred to Captain Benny Griessel and his colorful partner Vaughn Cupido of the Hawks―the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigations. The woman proves to be Alicia Lewis, an expert in old Dutch Masters paintings specializing in the recovery of valuable lost art.

Discovering the two men she had contacted before coming to South Africa reveals what she was seeking―a rare painting by Carel Fabritius, Rembrandt’s finest student, not seen since it disappeared from Delft in 1654. But how Lewis died, why, and at whose hand shocks even the two veteran detectives.

Author: Deon Meyer
First Release: 2018
ISBN: 978-0802148933
Publisher: Grove Press
The Last Hunt

A cold case reaches from Cape Town’s shadowy past to bucolic Bordeaux, France...

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. Did ex-cop Johnson Johnson simply disappear on the world’s most luxurious train line—or was he murdered? Two fellow travelers might have the answers Griessel and Cupido need, but they too seem to have disappeared, 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 revolutionary past in South Africa. But now a man from that past has reappeared. And he wants to commission Daniel’s unique skills one more time. As the two storylines come crashing together, Griessel and Cupido are left uncertain of the truth—and of their own future.

Author: Deon Meyer
First Release: 2019
ISBN: 978-0802156938
Publisher: Grove Press
The Dark Flood

Disappearances ensnare two South African detectives in a web of corruption... 

Assigned to investigate the disappearance of a young university student and brilliant computer programmer detectives Benny Griessel and Vaughn Cupido hit dead ends. But the trail—including the death of a fellow police officer—leads to a series of gun heists and the alarming absence of certain weapons from the police registry, the ramifications of which could be devastating.

As Griessel and Cupido intensify their search, real estate agent Sandra Steenberg confronts her own crisis: state corruption has caused the real estate market to crash, exacerbating the dire financial straits facing her family. She puts aside her misgivings to work for a notorious billionaire and playboy, only to have him disappear on her. Now Griessel is forced to juggle between the man’s bitter wife, protective lawyer, and Steenberg, the last person to see him alive.

Author: Deon Meyer
First Release: 2022
Ebook: B09JTGLM6F
Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press

Lemmer Mysteries

Blood Safari

In Blood Safari, Emma le Roux, a beautiful young woman in Cape Town, sees her brother named on the television news as the prime suspect in the killing of four poachers and a witch doctor. But it can’t be possible: Emma’s brother is supposed to be dead, having disappeared twenty years ago in Kruger National Park. Emma tries to find out more but is attacked and barely escapes. So she hires Lemmer, a personal security expert, and sets out into the country in search of the truth.

A complicated man with a dishonorable past, Lemmer just wants to do his job and avoid getting personally involved. But as he and Emma search for answers from the rural police, they encounter racial and political tensions, greed, corruption, and violence unlike anything they have ever known.

Author: Deon Meyer
First Release: 2008
ISBN: 978-1444730708
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

Lemmer Thrillers

Heart of the Hunter

A former assassin in post-apartheid South Africa is drawn back into his former profession...

Six-foot five-inch Thobela “Tiny” Mpayipheli was once a feared freedom fighter, trained by the Stasi and KGB. Now, he’s a family man working in a garage in post-apartheid South Africa. But when the daughter of one of Tiny’s former associates comes to him with a desperate plea, he finds himself returning to his violent former life.

With his old friend Johnny being held hostage, Tiny agrees to do whatever it takes to get him back safely. But as he races to the rendezvous point on a stolen BMW motorcycle, Tiny is trailed by several hostile forces, including South Africa’s Presidential Intelligence Unit. And when his old training kicks in, his pursuers will learn what kind of man they’re up against...

Author: Deon Meyer
First Release: 2003
ISBN: 978-1444730739
Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks

Lemmer's First Law: Don't get involved. But when Emma le Roux looks at him with pleading eyes, when the roof of his Karoo house needs big repairs, when the cause is good and just, laws can be broken. So he sighs, and says, yes, he'll ride shotgun for two rare black rhinos. Bad decision. Because on a dark and dusty road in Limpopo, they stick a Smith & Wesson Model 500 against his head. They kick him and beat him, they lie, they deceive him, and they steal his Glock, the one with his fingerprints all over it. They should have killed him. And now he goes after them--the start of a trail of violence that will run the length and breadth of a country, and touch many lives.

It will leave a trail of blood through the first private-investigation dossier of former cop Mat Joubert. It's a "fifty-five," police slang for a missing persons case. It will stomp fear and horror through the life of Milla Strachan, who walked out on her rich, cheating husband and abusive teenage son to start a new life. A trail of death, stretching from the Chizarira to the Cape Waterfront. And at the end of it, nobody will be untouched

Author: Deon Meyer
First Release: 2010
ISBN: 978-1444723670
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

Mat Joubert

Dead at Daybreak

The story of an ex-cop who has seven days to solve a seemingly unsolvable crime -- the answer to which lies in his own dark past.

When Johannes Jacobus Smit, an antiques dealer, is found burned with a blowtorch and killed execution-style with a single shot to the back of the head, former cop Zatopek "Zed" van Heerden is called in to investigate the unusual circumstances of the murder.

Zed is still obsessed with the betrayals of his own past but must fill in the blanks of this victim's life. Who tortured and killed Smit, and who was Smit in the first place? Not the man whose papers he carries, that much is certain.

Zed can never be sure of the loyalties of the people with whom he is dealing -- his own past reputation ensures that -- and he soon finds himself uncovering secrets that the security services of many countries would like left alone.

Author: Deon Meyer
First Release: 1998
ISBN: 978-1444730722
Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks
Dead Before Dying

Someone in Cape Town has chosen a conspicuous murder weapon -- a century-old German handgun, with ancient bullets that tear through flesh and bone. Three men who have nothing in common are found murdered, and the string of vicious killings pushes the city toward panic. Captain Mat Joubert is left scrambling for answers in a case that might be his last chance to prove that his life's slow spiral will not pull him under.

Author: Deon Meyer
First Release: 1999
Ebook: B000SGSPEE
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company