Deon Meyer wins top US book prize
Cape Town – South African crime fiction writer Deon Meyer's Thirteen Hours has won the prestigious American Barry Prize for Best Thriller of 2011.
The book, originally published in Afrikaans, was nominated in the Best Thriller category alongside works such as Vince Flynn's American Assassin and Charles Charters' Bolt Action.
The Barry Prize, presented by America's top crime fiction magazine Deadly Pleasures is named after the book critic Barry Gardner.
There are six categories in the competition.
The winners were announced on Friday at the Bouchercon 2011, a crime fiction conference held in St Louis, Missouri.
Thirteen Hours deals with a detective-inspector named Bennie Griessel and the thirteen hours of the day he thought he would not survive.
Meyer's next crime thriller entitled 7 dae (7days) is set to be released in November.