Black Star Nairobi

By Mukoma Wa Ngugi
(Melville House Publishing, Paperback, 9781612192109, 268pp.)

Publication Date: May 29, 2013

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Two cops—one American, one Kenyan—team up to track down a deadly terrorist.

It’s December 2007. The Kenyan presidential elections have gotten off to a troubled start, with threats of ethnic violence in the air, and the reports about Barack Obama on the campaign trail in the United States are the subject of newspaper editorials and barstool debates. And Ishmael and O have just gotten their first big break for their new detective agency, Black Star.

A mysterious death they’re investigating appears to be linked to the recent bombing of a downtown Nairobi hotel. But local forces start to come down on them to back off the case, and then a startling act of violence tips the scales, setting them off on a round-the-globe pursuit of the shadowy forces behind it all. A thrilling, hard-hitting novel, from the author of Nairobi Heat, a major new crime talent.

About the Author
Mukoma Wa Ngugi is an assistant professor of English at Cornell University and the author of "Nairobi Heat, Black Star Nairobi, " and "Hurling Words at Consciousness." In 2014, "Buchkultur" named the German translation of "Nairobi Heat" the Crime Book of the Season. In 2009, Mukoma was short-listed for the Caine Prize for African Writing and in 2010 for the Penguin Prize for African Writing for his manuscript "The First and Second Books of Transition, " which became "Mrs. Shaw."
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