Death of the Mantis by Michael Stanley
A Detective Kubu Mystery

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In the southern Kalahari area of Botswana—an arid landscape of legends that speak of lost cities, hidden wealth, and ancient gods—a fractious ranger named Monzo is found dying from a severe head wound in a dry ravine. Three Bushmen surround the doomed man, but are they his killers or there to help? Detective David “Kubu” Bengu is on the case, an investigation that his old school friend Khumanego claims is motivated by racist antagonism on the part of the local police. But when a second bizarre murder, and then a third, seem to point also to the nomadic tribe, the intrepid Kubu must journey into the depths of the Kalahari to uncover the truth. What he discovers there will test all his powers of detection . . . and his ability to remain alive.


About Michael Stanley

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Stanley Trollip was born in Johannesburg, where he was schooled from childhood to his university degree in Statistics. Since 1976, he has founded and operated a data processing school, worked in consulting, and held various professorships at the Universities of Illinois and Minnesota. He is a full-time writer, and divides his time between South Africa and Minneapolis, Minnesota.Michael Sears was born in Johannesburg, and grew up in Cape Town and Nairobi, Kenya. His family emigrated to Australia during apartheid, but he returned to Africa in 1972 and taught at the University in Johannesburg. Until 2007, he worked at Anglo American, a major international mining house associated with the diamond giant De Beers. Sears lives in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Published September 6, 2011 by Harper Perennial. 448 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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(A few weeks earlier, two University of Botswana students were found dead at a campground, and local gossip blames witchcraft.) Detective Sergeant Phinda Lerako, known to local natives as "Detective Stone Wall," won't listen to educated Bushman Khumanego's warnings against a rush to judgment.

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This impressive debut from Stanley, the South African writing team of Michael Sears and Stanley Trollip, introduces overweight assistant superintendent David Bengu of the Botswana Police Department, whose nickname is, fittingly, Kubu (Setswanan for hippopotamus).

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Opening Michael Stanley’s new book is like opening a door and greeting a wonderful friend who visits you once a year or so.

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Mystery Tribune

The title of the book comes from their belief that the mantis created the world and all its people and the first of the people created were the San, another name for “bushmen.” The writing in this book is very solid, the writers provide a lot of details on the exotic locale in which the story is...

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