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  • Paperback: 190 pages
  • Publisher: Picador USA; Reprint edition (April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250043638
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250043634
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 0.1 x 20.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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"A spectacular fiction debut . . . Instantly elevates the author, now a Nairobi resident, to the first rank of African crime writers." --"Publishers Weekly" [starred review]

"["Hour of the Red God"] combines a sinuous plot, a wonderfully complex and tragic protagonist, and a remarkable portrait of a city that is simultaneously exotic yet familiar . . . All fans of international crime fiction will want to follow Mollel through Nairobi's mean streets." --"Booklist"

"Former BBC journalist Crompton's debut features a unique voice, an in-depth look at diverse Kenyan rites and political chicanery, and a hero who, one hopes, is just at the beginning of his fictional career." --"Kirkus Reviews"

"["Hour of the Red God"] is not the first mystery novel to be set in Kenya, but it must be the first in which the cop hero is a Masai warrior . . . Mollel, whose wife was killed in the 1990 bombing of the U.S. embassy in Nairobi, investigates the brutal murder of a prostitute. He is drawn into nasty local politics and corruption as Kenya holds its 2007 general elections and faces the violence that follows. National events and Mollel's family problems are blended into a good plot and an interesting cast of characters." --"The Times" (London)

"In Richard Crompton's hands, Nairobi makes for an exotic and exciting setting, a multilayered city pulsing with intriguing chaos. It's the characters, though--especially the steadfast and scarred Mollel--and the hope and fear the city's people experience and inspire, that elevate "Hour of the Red God "and keep you turning the pages, full of hope and fear of your own." --Bill Loehfelm, author of "The Devil She Knows"

"A compulsive whodunit set in Kenya, where tribal politics can get you killed."--Ian Rankin
"Spellbinding and grimly fascinating."--"The Christian Science Monitor
""An impressive novel...full of the indigenous sights and sounds we crave in such a work."--"The Wall Street Journal
""It's an unusual feeling for a mystery fan to get in on a new series this good from the first book....Richard Crompton's debut Detective Mollel novel is a fantastic read, an exotic hard-boiled noir with heart and a fascinating, troubled hero."--"The Cleveland Plain Dealer
""From the moment we meet Mollel...we enter an entirely fresh world....This is a smashing debut, as fleet-footed as the warrior himself. It will make you long for the next installment."--"Financial Times" (London)


A compulsive whodunit set in Kenya, where tribal politics can get you killed. "Ian Rankin"

Spellbinding and grimly fascinating. "The Christian Science Monitor"

An impressive novel...full of the indigenous sights and sounds we crave in such a work. "The Wall Street Journal"

It's an unusual feeling for a mystery fan to get in on a new series this good from the first book....Richard Crompton's debut Detective Mollel novel is a fantastic read, an exotic hard-boiled noir with heart and a fascinating, troubled hero. "The Cleveland Plain Dealer"

From the moment we meet Mollel...we enter an entirely fresh world....This is a smashing debut, as fleet-footed as the warrior himself. It will make you long for the next installment. "Financial Times (London)""

A compulsive whodunit set in Kenya, where tribal politics can get you killed. Ian Rankin

Spellbinding and grimly fascinating. The Christian Science Monitor

An impressive novel...full of the indigenous sights and sounds we crave in such a work. The Wall Street Journal

It's an unusual feeling for a mystery fan to get in on a new series this good from the first book....Richard Crompton's debut Detective Mollel novel is a fantastic read, an exotic hard-boiled noir with heart and a fascinating, troubled hero. The Cleveland Plain Dealer

From the moment we meet Mollel...we enter an entirely fresh world....This is a smashing debut, as fleet-footed as the warrior himself. It will make you long for the next installment. Financial Times (London)

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-A compulsive whodunit set in Kenya, where tribal politics can get you killed.- --Ian Rankin

-Spellbinding and grimly fascinating.- --The Christian Science Monitor

-An impressive novel...full of the indigenous sights and sounds we crave in such a work.- --The Wall Street Journal

-It's an unusual feeling for a mystery fan to get in on a new series this good from the first book....Richard Crompton's debut Detective Mollel novel is a fantastic read, an exotic hard-boiled noir with heart and a fascinating, troubled hero.- --The Cleveland Plain Dealer

-From the moment we meet Mollel...we enter an entirely fresh world....This is a smashing debut, as fleet-footed as the warrior himself. It will make you long for the next installment.- --Financial Times (London)

About the Author

Richard Crompton lives in Nairobi, Kenya, with his wife and their three young children. A former BBC journalist, Crompton left London several years ago when his wife, a human rights lawyer, was offered a job in Rwanda helping to prosecute the perpetrators of genocide.


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(4.5 stars) Vibrantly descriptive opening lines introduce a chapter that draws in the reader, establishes the atmosphere of Nairobi, Kenya in 2007, suggests character, and presents a familiar scene in which a child is anticipating his first bicycle. By the next page, the author has created a much broader, more dramatic context for these characters, expanding the setting by placing this small episode in the context of the larger community and suggesting ominous new directions for the action. In less than three hundred words, I was hooked. Though this is a debut novel, the author’s writing is confident, delivering a well-wrought story with style and intelligence.

Author Richard Crompton, a former BBC journalist who now lives in Nairobi with his family, understands the city’s social, economic, and political conditions, which he reveals through precise descriptions, insights into his characters’ motivations, and an appreciation of the tribal loyalties and conflicts which affect every aspect of daily life. The main character, Police Detective Mollel, has been a national hero for his selfless actions during a national emergency, but he is now a pariah within the department for challenging his superiors and often expressing his rage at the lack of “justice” he sees in society. Mollel, a Maasai within a society dominated by Kikuyu and Luos, is trusted by other Maasai who often seek him out.

Mollel’s immediate assignment is to investigate death of Lucy, a young Maasai woman, thought to have been a prostitute, whose bloody body is found in a sewer which extends from a decrepit former refuge for prostitutes, now owned by a megachurch, and Uhuru Park, the huge central park in Nairobi.
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By S Riaz HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 Feb. 2015
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This is the first novel featuring detective Mollel, a former Maasai warrior. It is 2007 and the run up to elections in Nairobi, which will result in claims of vote rigging, protests and violence. Already, the city is simmering with political, and tribal, allegiances. When Mollel and Kiunga are sent to investigate the body of a young woman, found mutilated in a ditch, she is also a Maasai. Initial investigations suggest she is a streetwalker and only Mollel seems interested in finding out who murdered her - justice is hard to come by anywhere, especially in a city facing the uncertainty of volatile elections. Mollel traces the girl's friend and discovers her identity. Before long, he is involved in trying to solve a crime that nobody, including the police force, seems interested in. Along the way he finds links to George Nalo Ministries and the most powerful businessman in Nairobi.

This is a solid start to a series, with a great location and characters. Mollel has an interesting past, plus a good network of supporting characters. The plot has many twists and turns and the author brings the city of Nairobi to life brilliantly. If you like a good mystery, with an exotic location, then this could be for you. Please do be aware, though, that this was previously released under the title, “The Honey Guide.”
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The book is excellent but I was very disappointed to find out that it is exactly the same book as The Honey Guide, just a different title, therefore my money was wasted. Surely Amazon would have realised that The Honey Guide and The Hour of the Red God are the same book, it is very misleading to advertise both books together.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Fascinating Mystery and a Wonderful Look into Nairobi's Culture 16 Aug. 2013
By Fairbanks Reader - Bonnie Brody - Published on Amazon.com
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The Honey Guide by Richard Crompton takes place in Nairobi, Kenya in late December 2007 during the corrupt election for a new president. I was especially interested in this book as I was in Nairobi at the exact time that the novel takes place. I was not able to leave my hotel because of the gun fire in the streets and the general chaos but I knew what was going on. Interestingly, so many Kenyans came up to me and asked me if I thought that Obama had a chance of winning. They were so invested in having him as president of the United States.

The novel is about a Maasai police detective named Mollel. He was once a homicide detective but was moved to traffic after a nervous breakdown that he had after his wife's death. He is definitely a man with a past. Because he was a whistle blower in the police department and a minority (most of the police force is Kikuyu), the chief is wary about dismissing him, knowing that the department would get bad press. Additionally, during the bombing of the British Embassy several years before, Mollel was a hero. His wife was inside the building and he took out body after body from the rubble looking for her. She was never found.

Recently, the body of a Maasai prostitute named Lucy is found in a storm drain in Uhuru Park. She is badly mutilated in her genital area and the chief asks Mollel to investigate her death. He is assisted by a young Kikuyu officer named Kiunga. Together, they search for the killer during a time when tribal tensions are high because of the election. There is rage in the streets and Nairobi is an unsafe place to be. Mollel is called 'Maasai' by his colleagues and no one uses his first name. The investigation takes them to the highest rungs of power in the city and also to Orpheus church, the largest church in Nairobi, one that can hold six thousand people at one time. The pastor of Orpheus Church, George Nalo, and his wife Wanjiku control a huge congregation. The church, however, is not what it seems on the outside and Mollel is suspicious of its goings on from the beginning. They are also assisted in the investigation by a young Maasai prostitute named Honey.

The book shows the tensions between the different tribes in Nairobi along with the problems that Kenyans have with Wazungus (white people). The streets of Nairobi come alive as the investigation progresses and we learn about its gangs, poverty, kerb-crawling (searching for prostitutes) and the culture of the Maasai people. Many of the Maasai in Nairobi escaped from their villages for various reasons. The women mostly left because of arranged marriages and forced genital mutilation. Many of them ended up on the streets of Nairobi as prostitutes. The men left for better lives than living as goat herders and animal hunters. Mollel was once a Maasai warrior in his village. Honey had this to say about her past: "My name is Honey. Not my Maasai name, of course. That's En'cecoroi e-intoi Kipuri. It was Lucy who christened me Honey. She told me that if you washed your forehead when you took your new name, you washed away your past. That's what we were both trying to do. That's how we ended up in Nairobi."

As the investigation progresses, there are many twists and turns. My interest was held the whole time and I couldn't wait to pick up my book. Mollel, Kiunga, and Honey all came alive for me. The characterization is fascinating. Mollel takes a lot of medication and we learn at the end of the book what it is for. He is also dealing with his mother-in-law as he tries to raise his ten year-old son, Adam, as a single parent. She is possessive and domineering and wants to take Adam away from Mollel.

This is the best sort of mystery and the first in what I hope will be a series. I will watch for Richard Crompton's work and do hope he writes more.
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth the time 5 July 2015
By Iowa Guy - Published on Amazon.com
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Vivid descriptions, a continually changing environment and use of local dialects with explanations all works and fits into the unfolding of a complicated story. This murder mystery works. Worth the time as it leaves behind a sense of learning or understanding.
5.0 out of 5 stars Anyone familiar with the way laws are enforced in that ... 6 Dec. 2015
By MackayP - Published on Amazon.com
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Anyone familiar with the way laws are enforced in that part of the world should feel at home with difficulties the detective faces. Even though this is a work of fiction, the truth is it could be true! The juxtaposition religion and politics lends an extra humph to the story. An engagingly fast read.
4.0 out of 5 stars For detective novel lovers 29 Nov. 2016
By jdinowitz - Published on Amazon.com
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Classic detective novel. Quick paced. Interesting complicated protagonist. Nice twists. Would read more from this author & about his character Mollel
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gritty and atmospheric 26 Aug. 2013
By Uptown Girl - Published on Amazon.com
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Gripping--I couldn't put it down, and neither could my 60 year old mom, who read it in one sitting. Vivid descriptions of the bleak underbelly of Nairobi life (slums, prostitution,homeless street boys, terrorism), but a spark of hope is maintained in Mollel's dogged pursuit of justice.
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