Nairobi Heat

Nairobi Heat

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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.

Publisher: Brooklyn, N.Y. : Melville House, c2010
ISBN: 9781935554646
Characteristics: 204 p. ; 21 cm


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PimaLib_MaryG May 06, 2015

The horror of the Rwandan genocide is the backstory for this fast-paced novel set in contemporary Nairobi. I am looking forward to reading the next in this series.

Jul 07, 2013

Thoroughly enjoyed this! It's a police procedural set in both Kenya and Madison, WI. I've had some contact with Africa and the plot is believable.

Mar 15, 2012

This book was an average attempt at a first fiction novel by Mukoma, but many part of the plot were unbelievable. Also, I really think he needed to figure out his characters and their personalities better and getter a MUCH better editor.


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