A young girl goes missing after getting into a car with a mysterious man. Soon after, a second girl disappears, and her devastated father, Witness, sets out to seek revenge. As the trail goes cold, Samantha Khama - new recruit to the Botswana Criminal Investigation Department - suspects that the girl was killed for muti; traditional African medicine. She enlists opera-loving wine connoisseur Assistant Superintendent David 'Kubu' Benga to help her dig into the past. But as they begin to find a pattern, Kubu and Samantha suddenly find they are in a race against time...
World, English ex USA/CAN
Finalist for the International Thriller Writers Award; Top Crime Reads of 2015, The Times Crime Club, chosen by Yrsa Sigurðardóttir; 'Richly atmospheric... a gritty depiction of corruption and deception' - Publishers Weekly; 'This book took me to a world I didn't want to leave. It kept me reading, it kept me guessing, and it kept me gasping at its many twists and surprises. Highly recommended' - R.L. Kline; 'A wonderful, original voice McCall Smith with a dark edge and even darker underbelly' - Peter James; 'Under the African sun, Michael Stanley's Detective Kubu investigates crimes as dark as the darkest of Nordic Noir. Call it Sunshine Noir, if you will a must read' - Yrsa Sigurðardóttir; 'Detective David 'Kubu' Bengu is a wonderful creation, complex and beguiling. The exotic smells and sounds of Botswana fill the pages as well as the changes and struggles of a country brimming with modern technology yet fiercely clinging to old traditions. Compelling and deceptively written ...' - New York Journal of Books; 'One of the finest crime thrillers of 2013' --Strand Mystery Magazine;
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
specialises in image processing and remote sensing, and
teaches 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 ‘Kubu’ Bengu of the
Botswana Criminal Investigation Department. It was a finalist
for five awards, including the CWA Debut Dagger. The
series has been critically acclaimed, and their third book,
Death of the Mantis, won the Barry Award and was a finalist for an Edgar award. Deadly Harvest was a finalist for an International Thriller Writers’ award.