Icarus: A contempory reflection of South Africa

Amid the release of crime statistics in South Africa which specifies an increase in the number of murders in the country for a third consecutive year, John Maytham speaks to novelist Deon Meyer.

Deon Meyer is a top-selling South African crime thriller novelist who writes in Afrikaans. Meyer’s books have been translated into 28 languages. His recent book Icarus is said to be a multifaceted, unsparing picture of South Africa.

The novel is about detective Benny Griesell who is investigating the case of a body found buried beneath sand dunes north of Cape Town.

The only thing found on the corpse is a dead iPhone, but it doesn’t take long for the police to identify the body as that of Ernst Richter—the tech whiz behind MyAlibi, an internet service that provides unfaithful partners with sophisticated cover stories to hide an affair.

Talking to CapeTalk’s John Maytham, Meyer says Icarus was fun and exciting to write.

Listen to John Maytham talking to Deon Meyer below:


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