On his last case, Detective Mollel upset some of Nairobi’s powerful and wealthy elite. So where have they sent him? Straight to Hell.
Angry and humiliated, Mollel arrives in a beaten-up town on the edge of Hell’s Gate national park. It doesn’t take long before he senses his new colleagues may have something to hide. And when the body of a flower worker is found in the local lake, he realises they could be involved in more than just extortion and bribery . . .
But in Hell, nothing is ever as it seems . . .
‘Does for Nairobi what Ian Rankin did for Edinburgh’ Observer
‘A vivid portrait of a country struggling to come to terms with modernity’ Joan Smith, SUNDAY TIMES
Hour of the Red God (US)
The Honey Guide (UK)
Nairobi, 2007. In Africa's sprawling mega-city, a small elite holds power over an impoverished, restless, majority. Corruption, exploitation, and ethnic rivalry are part of everyday life.
Amid claims of vote-rigging and fraud, the presidential elections could provide the spark that sets this city ablaze.
With chaos looming, few care about one dead prostitute. But Mollel does. For Mollel is a former Maasai warrior, and the dead girl was a Maasai too.
From the slums to the skyscrapers, from the suburbs to the sewers, Mollel begins to realise that there is more at stake that just this murder. But as he is forced to confront his turbulent past, he even begins to doubt his warrior's instincts.
From its gripping opening to its devastating conclusion, the reader is plunged into a vividly evoked world where life and death hang in the balance. And in the Maasai hero, Mollel, a new detective icon is born.