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The author of the book: Michael Stanley
Edition: Harper Perennial
Date of issue: March 31st 2009
ISBN 13: 9780061252419
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Smashed skull, snapped ribs, and a cloying smell of carrion. Leave the body for the hyenas to devour no body, no case.
But when Kalahari game rangers stumble on a human corpse midmeal, it turns out the murder wasn't perfect after all. Enough evidence is left to suggest foul play. Detective David "Kubu" Bengu of the Botswana Criminal Investigation Department is assigned to the case.
The detective's personality and physique match his moniker. The nickname "Kubu" is Setswana for "hippopotamus" a seemingly docile creature, but one of the deadliest on the continent. Beneath Kubu's pleasant surface lies the same unwavering resolve that makes the hippopotamus so deceptively dangerous. Both will trample everything in their path to reach an objective.
From the sun-baked riverbeds of the Kalahari to the highest offices of an international conglomerate, Kubu follows a blood-soaked trail in search of answers.
Beneath a mountain of lies and superstitions, he uncovers a chain of crimes leading to the most powerful figures in the country influential enemies who will kill anyone in their way.
A memorable detective makes his debut in this gritty, mesmerizing thriller. Set amid the beauty and darkness of contemporary Africa, A Carrion Death is the first entry in an evocative new series cutting to the heart of today's Botswana a modern democracy threatened by unstable neighbors, poachers, and diamond smugglers. Those trying to expose the corrupt ringleaders will find themselves fighting for their lives. . . .
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Read information about the authorMichael Stanley is the writing partnership of Michael Sears and Stanley Trollip. Michael lives in Johannesburg, South Africa, and Stanley in Minneapolis.
We have travelled extensively in southern africa and have a special love of Botswana, where our detective novels are set.
Detective Kubu investigates complex murders in his native land, justifying his nickname by his size and tenacity (Kubu is Setswana for hippopotamus).
Kubu's faces powerful people and an escalating chain of murders in his first adventure - A Carrion Death.
Next a confluence of events leads to murders whose roots lie hidden in the past, and a sinister group is as interested in finding the perpetrator as Kubu is in The Second Death of Goodluck Tinubu (A Deadly Trade outside north America).
The third Detective Kubu mystery, Death of the Mantis, has the plight of the Khoi-San (Bushmen) of the Kalahari as its backstory. Kubu's boyhood Bushman friend, Khumanego, asks him to help ensure some Bushmen get a fair trial for the alleged murder of a game ranger. The Bushmen escape and more murders follow. Kubu is unable to connect the dots. Eventually Kubu finds the unpleasant solution to the cases and nearly loses his own life doing so. Death of the Mantis was a finalist for an Edgar.
Deadly Harvest, the fourth Detective Kubu mystery, has as its backstory the use of human body parts for magic potions (called muti). Base on a true story, Detective Kubu and the first female detective in Botswana's CID, the young Samantha Khama, try to resurrect a number of cold cases in which young girls have gone missing. When an aspiring politician is murdered and muti found in his house, the need for a solution becomes urgent. Deadly Harvest also deals with a single father whose daughter disappears and his quest for revenge and justice. Deadly Harvest was a finalist for an International Thriller Writers award.
A Death in the Family, Kubu #5) has as its backstory the ramifications of corruption as the Chinese try to take over some of Botswana's rich mineral deposits. However the story starts with Kubu's elderly father being murdered. Despite his pleas, Kubu is kept off the case because of his personal involvement. However he keeps trying to solve it on his own. To keep him busy, he's given a suicide to investigate. When he realises it probably wasn't a suicide, the trail leads to the person in government responsible for allocating mining leases. A deadly riot at a village situated on land the Chinese want for a mine expansion raises suspicion that the 'suicide' and the riot are related.
In Dying to Live, Kubu #6, a Bushman is found dead, with internal organs far younger than his chronological age and a bullet embedded in his abdominal muscles with no entry wound. Then a witchdoctor disappears who is famous for his muti for extending life. Then an American academic also disappears, who knew the Bushman. Dying to Live is a story of greed and the lengths people will go to attain immortality and make their fortunes.
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