A stunning debut crime novel set against a backdrop of poachers, witch doctors, diamond smugglers and corruption...They find the first body near a waterhole considered magical by the local bush people. A string of clues suggests that the victim was murdered and his identity hidden. For Assistant Superintendent David Kubu Bengu, it's obvious from the start that sinister forces are at work. A convivial figure on the surface, Kubu is a clever and resourceful lawman, well-versed in Botswana's deadliest secrets. As he follows a blood-soaked trail he uncovers a chain of crimes linked to the most powerful figures in the country - influential enemies who will stop at nothing to remove those who stand in their way...
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Murder and collateral tumult in contemporary Botswana.Ranger Andries Botha and professor of ecology Bongani Sibisi find a corpse being devoured by vultures on the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. They assume the victim is a poacher, but some details, like the very public location of the body, raise questions. The pair reports their finding to David Bengu, known as "Kubu," the assistant superintendent of Botswana's Criminal Investigation Department. An expansive and life-loving family man, Kubu proceeds to investigate. The case advances by inches; after much leisurely legwork through interesting local color, Kubu learns that the victim is probably a German tourist involved in some violent scrape. But many other plotlines compete for his attention. His childhood friend Angus Hofmeyr, who gave Kubu his nickname, and Angus's twin sister Dianna return to the area after recently inheriting their father's Botswana Cattle and Mining Company. Dianna is involved in a hot, risky affair with the manager of the local diamond mine. Blackmail, drug smuggling and corporate theft are waiting in the wings. A stately debut whose pseudonymous authors, Michael Sears and Stanley Trollip, are both experts on the region. Their generously detailed portrait of Botswana and of larger-than-life Inspector Kubu augur well for the proposed series, though mystery fans might wish for a more streamlined whodunit. (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Michael Stanley
Michael Stanley is the writing team of native Africans Michael Sears and Stanley Trollip. The two friends have had many adventures together, including tracking lions at night, fighting bush fires on the Savuti plains in northern Botswana, surviving a charging elephant and losing their navigation maps while flying over the Kalahari. Michael Sears lives in Johannesburg, South Africa. Stanley Trollip divides his time between South Africa and Minneapolis, MN. For more information visit www.detectivekubu.com.