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Book Review: Deon Meyer Cobra (Benny Griessel #4)




Rating
4 out of 5 stars 
Country
South Africa 
Writers
Deon Meyer 
Publisher
Hodder & Stoughton 
Sub Genre
Kidnap 
Website


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Plot Summary
Cobra is the fouth novel in the Benny Griessel series by author Deon Meyer.  Detective Barry Griessel and his team of elite detectives are called to the scene when the bodies of three bodyguards protecting a British citizen are found murdered in their house.  The British citizen is nowhere to be found and the only clues are shell casings which have the engravings of a Cobra on them.  Things become complicated for Griessel and his team when the passport belonging to the missing man turns out to be fake and the security services become involved.

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My Review
Deon Meyer has served up an excellent crime novel which quickly turns into an interesting spy thriller.   For some of the detectives involved it is a case that goes to the very core of what South Africa is about.

It actually doesn't cover the race issue as you might expect from a novel from the country but instead looks at modern nations and their struggle with national security and the implications this has.  Some of the detectives are part of the old guard and seem ill fitted in a world where they spend a lot of time investigating new technology such as Facebook, Gmail and Twitter.  This new world seems a juxtaposition against the old style detectives which they are.

But at the same time although they are dealing with a modern world and modern threats it throws up old issues.  State surveillance in South Africa was an old issue under the Apartheid regime and those that struggled against it are worried about a government which seems to be returning to those ideals.

There are some interesting characters in what is a twisty turning modern thriller.  Not only Griessel himself but particular Tyrone, a teenage pickpocket who somehow reluctantly becomes involved with the bad guys and must fight against the odds to protect those he loves.

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In The Series

 #1 
Devil's Peak
031601785X
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 #2 
 Thirteen Hours
0802145450
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#3 
7 Days

0802121748
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 #4 
Cobra

0802123244


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