Nairobi Heat by Mukoma Wa Ngugi
(Melville International Crime)

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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.

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About Mukoma Wa Ngugi

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MUKOMA WA NGUGI is a novelist and poet, whose books include the novel Nairobi Heat and the poetry collection Hurling Words at Consciousness. He was short listed for the Caine Prize for African writing in 2009 and for the 2010 Penguin Prize for African Writing. His columns have appeared in the Guardian, International Herald Tribune, and the Los Angeles Times, and he has been a guest on Democracy Now, Al Jazeera, and the BBC World Service. His stories and poetry have been published in the Kenyon Review, Kwani!, Chimurenga and Tin House Magazine, among other places. Mukoma was born in 1971 in Evanston, Illinois and grew up in Kenya before returning to the United States for his undergraduate and graduate education. He is currently a professor of English at Cornell University.

Author Residence: Ithaca, New York
Published September 13, 2011 by Melville International Crime. 204 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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As Ishmael, the detective in charge of the investigation, puts it, “If I was to give advice to black criminals, I would tell them this: 'do not commit crimes against white people because the state will not rest until you are caught.'” Continued on the next pag...

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By Beverly Jackson • Oct 30th, 2011 • Category: Book Review 2011 • Email This Post • Print This Post The call came at 2 AM from the police chief of Madison, Wisconsin – a murder had been committed in the wealthy exclusive enclave of Maple Bluff.

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