Nairobi Heat

By Mukoma Wa Ngugi
(Melville House Publishing, Paperback, 9781935554646, 204pp.)

Publication Date: September 13, 2011

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A cop from Wisconsin pursues a killer through the terrifying slums of Nairobi and the memories of genocide
IN MADISON, WISCONSIN, it's a big deal when African peace activist Joshua Hakizimana--who saved hundreds of people from the Rwandan genocide--accepts a position at the university to teach about "genocide and testimony." Then a young woman is found murdered on his doorstep.
Local police Detective Ishmael--an African-American in an "extremely white" town--suspects the crime is racially motivated; the Ku Klux Klan still holds rallies there, after all. But then he gets a mysterious phone call: "If you want the truth, you must go to its source. The truth is in the past. Come to Nairobi."
It's the beginning of a journey that will take him to a place still vibrating from the genocide that happened around its borders, where violence is a part of everyday life, where big-oil money rules and where the local cops shoot first and ask questions later--a place, in short, where knowing the truth about history can get you killed.

About the Author
Mukoma wa Ngugi's works have appeared in many literary and political journals in Africa and the United States. He has co-authored with Wanjiku wa Ngugi Consciousness Before Dawn, a play performed by Kimaathi Theater Group at Rutgers University. New Brunswick in 2000. A Malignant History: Looking at America, his second book, is forthcoming.
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