Blood Safari

tr. from Afrikaans by K.L. Seegers. 10 CDs. retail ed. unabridged. 11½ hrs. HighBridge Audio. 2010. ISBN 9781615735440. $34.95; Playaway digital; digital download. F
A South African bodyguard assigned to a beautiful young Afrikaner woman looking for a brother long thought dead wonders why she even needs protection—until a shocking act of violence thrusts him into a world of almost unimaginable greed and intrigue. In this taut thriller, celebrated crime novelist Meyer ( takes his characters into South Africa's game reserves. Though the book does contain scenes of brutal violence, its lurid-sounding title is misleading; it might more accurately be described as a journey into the troubled psychology of postapartheid South Africa. Ably narrated by Simon Vance (see Behind the Mike, LJ 11/15/08), this first-person tale—a best seller in Germany and South Africa, where it won the inaugural ATKV Prize for suspense fiction—offers a penetrating and often surprising look into modern South Africa that makes for compelling listening. Highly recommended. [The Atlantic Monthly hc also received a starred review, LJ 8/09; the mass market pb is available through Grove Pr.—Ed.]—R. Kent Rasmussen, Thousand Oaks, CA
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