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 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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