Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Byleveld by Hanlie Retief

Recently retired, detective Piet Byleveld's name has become legendary. He is the man who solved some of South Africa's most famous crime investigations, including the Leigh Matthews kidnapping. He has a 100% success rate with serial murders. In this book, Rapport journalist Hanlie Retief, who had exclusive access to Byleveld's dossiers, writes about twenty of the most notorious serial-killer cases and many other murders Byleveld solved. She weaves into it the story of Byleveld's own life. The book includes full-colour photographs from police records throughout.

So this is the book I bought from the dinner I went to with @WhizBangLouLou. I've just got round to reading it now because The Trucker borrowed it first. I ploughed thru it in 2 days. It was an easy and fascinating read. Honestly. I had no idea South Africa was so high up there on the Serial Killer list ... I mean we watch all these tv shows and movies set in America and I guess somehow I always associate most Serial Killers with there. But after reading this I know we could have our own tv show or movie.

Piet Byleveld has an amazing track record, I was truly impressed and, I won't lie, I'm a little nervous now that he's retired ...

After a quick browse on wikipedia, I'm a little annoyed that all the South African Serial Killers just about all seem to have their own page, but Piet Byleveld doesn't ...

4 comments:

craniac said...

I thought this sounded like a really interesting book so I have the ebook in my reader; probably be the ebook I read next.

Tamara said...

Sounds interesting. I wanted to hear a review from someone I know before I bought the book. Will add it to my list. Thanks :-)

louisa123 said...

Sounds like a great read, I'm adding this to my list too - thanks!

Niecole said...

I also finished it in 2 days, what a great read. I'm facinated by Serial Killers and the one's in South Africa really have their own way of doing things

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