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Nairobi Heat


Author: Mukoma Wa Ngugi

Genre: Crime

ISBN: 978-978-502-384-8

No of Pages: 136

Publication Date: 19th August, 2013

When a young woman is found dead on the doorstep of a Rwandan professor in Madison, USA, Ishmael Fofona, an African-American detective, is on the case. Following an anonymous tip-off, the detective soon finds himself chasing shadows in the Nairobi underworldwhere violence is a part of everyday life, money can put you above the law and police shoot first and ask questions later. Partnering with local detective “O” and falling in love with the sultry singer, Muddy, Ishmael comes to quickly learn that in Nairobi, knowing the truth may set you free – if it doesn’t get you killed first.

Nairobi Heat reads like Shaft in Africa but this is an updated version, transplanted from the 70s to the 21st century; a time where .45 semi automatic weapons have given way to light weight Glocks and where the history of racism is amplified by memories of genocide. Ismael’s trip to Africa of lax rules and casual crimes is at once a journey of discovery and return with unintended consequences because as a character says “Only the traveller knows the road.”
Mukoma Ngugi’s novel recalls the best of the genre with subtle echoes of Elmore Leonard and James Hadley Chase propelling the fast paced narrative to a fitting and utterly unexpected denouement; one that redefines our concept of heroism – Toni Kan, author of Nights of the Creaking Bed.

Nairobi Heat is a gripping page-turner set in one of the most vibrant cities in the world, and the first book in the new Cassava Crime series.