Deon Meyer is a top-selling South African crime thriller author, whose books have been translated into 28 languages
Deon Meyer is a South African thriller novelist, writing in Afrikaans. His books have been translated into 28 languages; he has also written numerous scripts for television and film. Deon wrote his first book when he was 14 years old, but after receiving unfavourable criticism from his siblings, did not write fiction again until he was in his early thirties, when the magazine Huisgenoot, published a short story he had submitted. Since then he has published eight novels and two collections of short stories. His novels reflect current social issues in South Africa; his crime novels feature the character Benny Griessel. Benny first appears as a minor character in Dead before Dying published in 1999.
In the 1980's Deon worked as a journalist at Die Volksblad, at the public relations office of the University of the Free State, and began work as advertising copy writer at Sanlam. Since leaving Sanlam, he has worked as press liaison, advertising copywriter, creative director, web manager, Internet strategist, and brand consultant, followed by a stint as manager of special projects at BMW motorcycles. His hobbies include touring Southern Africa on a motorcycle, classical music, reading, cooking and rugby.
Deon currently writes full time, and has been nominated for, and won, numerous awards both in South Africa and internationally. He is married to Anita, and they have four children, Lida, Liam, Johan and Konstanz.

Deon's latest book Cobra (Kobra) was published in 2014, and features the sleuth Benny Griessel solving a murder which took place near Franschhoek. In solving this crime, Benny and his team from the Hawks, deal with unsavoury elements, including international spies, and the AA!