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  • Location: Cape Town

Thirteen Hours (Benny Griessel 2)

Thirteen Hours (Benny Griessel 2)

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2000s: Benny Griessel has just 13 hours to crack open a conspiracy which threatens the whole country.

  • ISBN: 978-0340953617
  • Genre: Crime

What you need to know before your trail

Solving a case in 13 hours would be a challenge to anyone but to Detective Benny Griessel, it might be harder than most. Everything and everyone seems to be against him. His problem with alcohol seems to  affect everything he does. He has made a few enemies in his way of stepping on toes to get to the top. But the hardest part of his job, of his life is to stay off the bottle. He cares about his country and the people in in and wants to ensure that he plays a role in getting the police of tomorrow trained well.

But when an American backpacker disappears in Capetown, Benny has just thirteen hours to save the girl as well as his career. This is no ordinary case and the ripples of consequences are numerous

Travel Guide

South Africa and Apartheid

Cape Town certainly has it problems and they are shown and explored  in the novel. “The trouble with this country,” someone says is  that “everyone wants to complain, nobody wants to do anything, nobody wants to forget the past.” And people do complain about the state of the streets, the amount of traffic congestion and the red tape that seems to be so fixed onto everything that it constricts and strangles everything in its path.

The biggest problem however is the constant racial tension between the various ethnic groups in the city.  Afrikaans, English, Indians, Xhosa and Zulu. The smattering of Afrikaans in the novel adds to setting the scene and carving out the culture of this varied and fascinating city and country.

Streetview Maps

A) Cape Town - Lion's Head - look at that view!!
E) Cape Town - The Central police station

Booktrail Boarding Pass Information: Thirteen Hours (Benny Griessel 2)

Author/ Guide: Deon Mayer  Destination: Cape Town  Departure Time : 2000s

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