The Dark Flood

Highbridge Audio. (Benny Griessel, Bk. 7). May 2022. 14:26 hrs. ISBN 9781696608190. $24.99. THRILLER
In this seventh book (after The Last Hunt) in the “Benny Griessel” mystery series, Benny and Vaughn Cupido have been demoted from the elite Hawks patrol unit in the South African police force. They are reassigned to mundane jobs in another unit, where they immediately get put on a missing-person case. Following many twists and turns to find the missing boy, they soon see that his disappearance is part of a much larger series of crimes. Meanwhile, Real Estate agent Sandra Steenberg takes on client Jasper Boonstra, an arrogant playboy billionaire currently involved in a very public scandal. Steenberg is in financial trouble and badly needs the commission the property sale will give her. When Boonstra goes missing, Griessel and Cupido get that case as well. The two cases come together, revealing corruption at the highest levels. The author delivers a host of interesting, funny characters and a story packed with murder and mayhem. Narrator Saul Reichlin enlivens the story translated from Afrikaans by K.L. Seegers. Reichlin delivers South African accents as appropriate and distinctive voices for the many characters.
VERDICT Recommended for those who enjoy listening to mystery and to fans of the author.
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