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The Weekender Reviews A Deadly Trade by Michael Stanley

A Deadly TradeVerdict: carrot

MOVE over Mma Ramotswe: there’s a new player in town, none other than Gaborone’s Assistant Supt David “Kubu” Bengu, of the Botswana Criminal Investigation department , and he is without doubt the most engaging literary detective in Africa.

Kubu — the tswana word for hippopotamus, a creature the superintendent resembles both in bulk and temperament — could do for Botswana what Henning Menkell did for Sweden, placing it firmly on the crime fiction map.

A Deadly Trade is the second in what hopefully will be a long series featuring the quirky members of the investigation department who, despite limited resources, are an efficient police force.

The book opens with a couple of murders at Jackalberry camp, a small game lodge on a virtual island in the Linyanti river on the Namibian border, north of the Okavango delta and the Chobe National Park.

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    Hamilton
    September 22nd, 2009 @10:39 #
     
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    This looks very interesting! Will definitely go out and get it!

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