New ground: Deon Mey­er, who says for his new nov­el, Fever, chose a virus to wipe out most of earth’ peo­ple instead of an aster­oid, ‘as that would have been too cat­a­stroph­ic’. He had to con­vince his more than 30 inter­na­tion­al his agents the postapoc­a­lyp­tic nov­el was tak­ing a chance on. Pic­ture: SUPPLIED Hod­der & Stroughton Inter­na­tion­al­ly acclaimed crime writer Deon Mey­er has tak­en, “a cal­cu­lat­ed risk” pro­duc­ing a doorstop­per of a nov­el about a postapoc­a­lyp­tic SA that will a fever almost as dan­ger­ous as that of his title. Read­er reac­tion is begin­ning to pour “and so far, it has been phe­nom­e­nal, greater than for any oth­er of my books”, he says. The relief his voice is pal­pa­ble. He had to con­vince his more than 30 inter­na­tion­al and his agents that Fever was worth tak­ing a chance on. Sev­er­al of his books, such as Track­ers, have been stand­alone titles with­out his leg­endary char­ac­ter police detec­tive Ben­nie Gries­sel. But Fever has bro­ken new ground. It’ about an almost unrecog­nis­able SA, rav­aged by a glob­al virus that has wiped out 95% of the world’ pop­u­la­tion. Packs of dogs, turned fer­al by […]