Deon Meyer wins top US book prize

2011-09-19 10:36
Marlene Malan
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.


  • daaivark - 2011-09-19 10:46


  • theunis.bekkersnr - 2011-09-19 10:48

    Baie geluk Deon! Ek is bly Griessel het betrokke geraak

  • Currie_Mafia - 2011-09-19 11:15

    Great News...Well done, Mr Meyer.

  • Katrina - 2011-09-19 11:38

    Wow! Congratulations!

  • JudithNkwe - 2011-09-19 11:52

    Well done - keep up the good work! You're a star

  • Sisie - 2011-09-19 12:11

    It was actually an enjoyable book. Well done!

  • thesmirth - 2011-09-19 12:48

    Brilliant book, especially for a Cape Town resident

  • Chili - 2011-09-19 13:05

    Baie geluk Deon! Kan nie wag vir jou volgende boek nie :-)

  • Shirleyanne - 2011-09-19 13:55

    Congrats, please don't stop writing, I WILL go into decline, cannot wait for November.

  • anafrican2 - 2011-09-19 14:09

    well done!

  • WCD - 2011-09-19 14:37

    Well done, some good news

  • Tolerant - 2011-09-19 15:34

    13 hours was great.

  • joan.m.barnes - 2011-09-30 22:03

    I think I read Thirteen Hours first. I have a Kindle. Perhaps recommended it. I loved it. I ordered "Trackers", excellent and now just finished Blood Safari. Can't wait until "Seven Days" comes out. What a writer. He really knows how to ratchet up the suspense. Love his characters, especially Benny Griessel. Joan Barnes New York City

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