Set in Kenya (most of the time), this is a really good thriller from an author new to me.
He puts together an initially confusing story which, always in the background, is the horror tale of genocide in Rwanda, though it's not easy to see this at the beginning.
A body of a young girl is found on the doorstep of a Kenyan 'hero' in Wisconsin, so, at first, he becomes the prime suspect in the killing.
However, Detective Ishmael of the Madison Police Department, having been enticed to Nairobi on a dangerously elusive phone call, soon begins to question just who did kill the girl.
It's a clever book, with enough twists and a decent splattering of action to keep the reader interested.
Where it does fall down is with the constant references to black people, white people, black people again. It's almost like a literary piano keyboard and it tends to slow the pace and spoil the flow. I appreciate that it's important for a black Amrican going to Kenya where he's viewed, in his mind, mainly, as a whitey to gain his standing but I think these references are overdone.
Still, Detective Ishmael plods on, avoiding death but not always pain, along the way. He's a sharpshooter, it seems as a whole plethora of people of both colours and a few inbetween, try to head him off at the pass.
The story reads well. It opens the reader's eyes to what goes on in Kenya without, fortunately, extolling its virtues too much as a tourist attraction. Frankly, if you were to come up against the characters in this book in Nairobi, you'd be forgiven for wishing to find a rather more relaxing place to spend your time. But certainly, don't let this put you off reading the book. I shall look out for the author's next foray into thriller writing.