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FIRST CHAPTER | The Dark Flood by Deon Meyer

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The cover of Dark Flood by Deon Meyer.
The cover of Dark Flood by Deon Meyer.

In the ninth Benny Griessel novel, The Dark Flood, Deon Meyer’s beloved detective finds himself in Stellenbosch – a kind of exile, along with his sidekick Vaughan Cupido, because they got in the way of some corrupt politicians in the previous novel. In Stellenbosch, though, it’s just as dark and murderous as it is on the mean streets of Cape Town: a millionaire disappears, and a university student is abducted. Could these events be related? And what do they have to do with the murder of a fellow cop at the V&A Waterfront? This thrilling tale starts with an attempt to foil a cash-in-transit heist...

Captain Benny Griessel heard the racing footsteps, the urgent shout; his Hawks colleague Vusi Ndabeni calling them, come, come quickly, there’s a cash-in-transit heist, happening right now.

A Tuesday morning in July. Mid-winter. He abandoned the dossier on his desk, grabbed his Z88 from the drawer and ran. Vusi was small of stature, the quiet one, always calm. But not now: the urgency in his voice meant Griessel did not hesitate. He fastened his holster around his hips as he ran down the passage. Vaughn Cupido was approaching, long coat flapping behind him – his ‘Bat suit’, his winter gear.

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