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Black Star Nairobi (Melville International Crime)by Mukoma Wa Ngugi
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Book two in the action-packed crime series set in Nairobi featuring an American cop teamed up with a Kenyan partner.
The heroes of Nairobi Heat return when their brand-new detective agency is called upon to investigate a murder that seems to be tied to the bombing of a hotel in downtown Nairobi. Strangely, though, the CIA and local police show up and insist that Al Qaeda is behind it — even though it's clear to our heroes that something else is going on.
But what? Is it something the corrupt Kenyan government is trying to hide? Something the CIA is trying to conceal? More of the ethnic tension that led — as they investigated in their last case — to genocide? Or a rogue madman?
Whatever it is, in short order the CIA operatives are coming down on them hard to back off, and other forces seem to be threatening them — and their families, too.
What happens next will enrage both men to the point that they explode, and take off on an around-the-globe pursuit that ends back in Nairobi in a deadly show-down with the mysterious powers behind it all.
Filled with action, violence, blistering politics and scathing humor, Finding Sahara is a most worthy sequel to Nairobi Heat, and a thrilling testament to the little guy standing up for what's right.
Two cops—one American, one Kenyan—team up to track down a deadly terrorist.
It’s December 2007. The Kenyan presidential elections have gotten off to a troubled start, with threats of ethnic violence in the air, and the reports about Barack Obama on the campaign trail in the United States are the subject of newspaper editorials and barstool debates. And Ishmael and O have just gotten their first big break for their new detective agency, Black Star.
A mysterious death they’re investigating appears to be linked to the recent bombing of a downtown Nairobi hotel. But local forces start to come down on them to back off the case, and then a startling act of violence tips the scales, setting them off on a round-the-globe pursuit of the shadowy forces behind it all. A thrilling, hard-hitting novel, from the author of Nairobi Heat, a major new crime talent.
About the Author
MUKOMA WA NGUGI is a novelist and poet, whose books include the novel Nairobi Heat and the poetry collection Hurling Words at Consciousness. He was short listed for the Caine Prize for African writing in 2009 and for the 2010 Penguin Prize for African Writing.
His columns have appeared in the Guardian, International Herald Tribune, and the Los Angeles Times, and he has been a guest on Democracy Now, Al Jazeera, and the BBC World Service. His stories and poetry have been published in the Kenyon Review, Kwani!, Chimurenga and Tin House Magazine, among other places.
Mukoma was born in 1971 in Evanston, Illinois and grew up in Kenya before returning to the United States for his undergraduate and graduate education. He is currently a professor of English at Cornell University.
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