A dark and sophisticated thriller set in the heart of Botswana, introducing Michael Stanley’s beloved Detective Kubu
Recruited straight from university to Botswana’s CID, David ‘Kubu’ Bengu has raised his colleagues’ suspicions with his meteoric rise within the department, and he has a lot to prove.
When the richest diamond mine in the world is robbed of 100,000 carats worth of gems, and the thieves are found, executed, Kubu leaps at the chance to prove himself. First he must find the diamonds – and it seems that a witch doctor and his son have a part to play.
Does this young detective have the skill and integrity to engineer an international trap? Or could it cost him everything?
Michael Stanley is the writing team of Michael Sears and Stanley
Trollip. Both were born in South Africa and have worked in
academia and business. Stanley was an educational psychologist,
specialising in the application of computers to teaching and
learning, and is a pilot. Michael specialised in image processing and
remote sensing and taught at the University of the Witwatersrand.
On a flying trip to Botswana, they watched a pack of hyenas hunt,
kill, and devour a wildebeest, eating both flesh and bones. That
gave them the premise for their first mystery, A Carrion Death,
which introduced Detective David ‘Kubu’ Bengu of the Botswana
Criminal Investigation Department. It was a finalist for five
awards, including the Crime Writers’ Association Debut Dagger. The series has been critically acclaimed, and their third book, Death of the Mantis, won the Barry Award for Best Paperback Original mystery and was shortlisted for an Edgar award. Deadly Harvest was shortlisted for an International Thriller Writers award. They have also written a thriller, Dead of Night, following the investigative journalist, Crystal Nguyen, who gets caught up in the war against rhino poaching and rhino-horn smuggling.
The authors who make up the partnership of Michael Stanley are fantastic! The writing is seamless, unlike some books you cannot hear different voices identifying them.
I love the way they have brought in cultural aspects and it’s not ‘just another police procedural’ it delves into the culture and heritage of the country and it’s a sure fire winner. I’ll definitely be reading more from them!
Kubu went from the green new recruit who could be caught in power games, to very quickly a capable and confident investigator who knows exactly what he’s doing and learns to trust himself. His development as a character is fantastic.
The landscape of the characters is painted so cleverly, it’s like being in a rich tapestry and I absolutely loved the book. It’s full of atmosphere and grit and you will be holding your breath for the next turning.
If you’re new to these authors I assure you that it doesn’t read as though written by a duo. It’s a fantastically dark and addictive book and I will personally be searching out more of their books.
Thanks to Anne Cater, Orenda books and the authors for the advanced reading copy of this book.