J M Shaw's study of education in England today, The Illumination of Merton Browne, was more than half of a Clockwork Orange: painfully real and surreal at the same time.
He has now tackled another complex but vital subject with his unique perspective and literary skill.
This time it is the collision of Western aid and Afica, an explosive combination.
Well-directed development can make a difference, but it is undeniable that it can have unintended and harmful consequences. More importantly, if the West turns a blind eye to corruption then the risks of development not achieving its goals are much greater.
This is an important study of that dilemma but it is written as a novel with believable and complex characters, a gripping plot and very finely-written descriptions of Africa - from the landcape to the slums, from warfare to love.