Mukoma Wa Ngugi‘s Nairobi Heat is a gripping page-turner set in one of the most vibrant cities in the world, and the first book in the new Cassava Crime series. When a young woman is found dead on the doorstep of a Rwandan professor in Madison, USA, Ishmael Fofona, an African-American detective, is on the case. Following an anonymous tip-off, the detective soon finds himself chasing shadows in the Nairobi underworld where violence is a part of everyday life, money can put you above the law and police shoot first and ask questions later. Partnering with local detective “O” and falling in love with the sultry singer, Muddy, Ishmael comes to quickly learn that in Nairobi, knowing the truth may set you free – if it doesn’t get you killed first.
Cassava Crime stories will uncover the hidden side of cities such as Lagos, Abidjan or Accra the way that Ian Rankin‘s books are studies on Edinburgh, or George Pelecanos‘s stories are deep sociologies of Washington, DC.
According to Tony Kan; this 136-page thriller reads ” like an updated version of Shaft in Africa. A 21st century version where .45 semi automatic weapons have given way to light weight glocks and the history of racism is amplified with memories of genocide.”
For just N700 you can get your hands on this literary gem from Cassava Republic Press.
Ciao Bellas xoxo
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