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I am a lawyer in Melfort, Saskatchewan, Canada who enjoys reading, especially mysteries. Since 2000 I have been writing personal book reviews. This blog includes my reviews, information on and interviews with authors and descriptions of mystery bookstores I have visited. I strive to review all Saskatchewan mysteries. Other Canadian mysteries are listed under the Rest of Canada. As a lawyer I am always interested in legal mysteries. I have a separate page for legal mysteries. Occasionally my reviews of legal mysteries comment on the legal reality of the mystery. You can follow the progression of my favourite authors with up to 15 reviews. Each year I select my favourites in "Bill's Best of ----". As well as current reviews I am posting reviews from 2000 to 2011. Below my most recent couple of posts are the posts of Saskatchewan mysteries I have reviewed alphabetically by author. If you only want a sentence or two description of the book and my recommendation when deciding whether to read the book look at the bold portion of the review. If you would like to email me the link to my email is on the profile page.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Blood Safari by Deon Meyer

37. - 550.) Blood Safari by Deon Meyer – Lemmer is a private bodyguard in South Africa who has experienced a brutal upbringing, a successful career as a government bodyguard and years in jail for killing a man in a fight. He is assigned to guard the lovely Emma le Roux who is searching for her brother who disappeared in the Louveld over 20 years ago. She challenges his first law of not becoming involved with the client. Beneath Lemmer’s professionally calm interior a simmering violence is always present. The investigation leads them into the area of the Krueger National Park and the increasing danger to wildlife from modern and ancient societies. The book preaches a bit too much about environmental issues. Sara Paretsky often focuses her novels around her causes but does not make them seem like part of the book was copied from non-fiction research. The violence of modern South Africa is present throughout the book. It discourages me from visiting the country. Meyer does explore the collective psyche of modern Afrikaner residents of South Africa. We learn far more of the personal history of the characters than the average thriller mystery. Lemmer, in the grand tradition of Robert B. Parker’s Spenser, pokes around until the reaction against him breaks open the investigation. Lemmer has the strong moral code of the avenger. His personality is darker than most mystery heroes. He reminds me of Joe Pike, the dark hero, created by Robert Crais. I wonder alittle at how effective the translation is from Afrikaner. It is a good book. Paperback (Sept. 19/10)

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