White Man's Grave by Richard Dooling
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A satire, steeped in irony, chronicles the misadventures of Boone Westfall, who wanders through West Africa encountering witches, angry ancestors, and bad medicine in search of his missing friend Michael Killigan, whose high-powered banker father is conducting his own search.
 

About Richard Dooling

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Richard Dooling is a writer and a lawyer. His second novel, "White Man's Grave, " was a finalist for the National Book Award, and he has also been a finalist for a National Magazine Award. His work has appeared in "The New Yorker, " the "New York Times, "and the "Wall Street Journal, "among many other publications. He lives with his wife and children in Omaha, and commutes online to Bryan Cave, LLP, in St Louis, where he specializes in developing Web-based legal products.
 
Published June 1, 1994 by Farrar Straus & Giroux (T). 386 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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As generous and detailed with descriptions and explanations of the Mende tribe's folkways (especially witchcraft and the ``pulling'' and ``putting'' of curses) as it is with grinning outrage at the vacuousness, folly, and cruelty of North American versions of same, the novel is laudable as a fict...

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For all that heavy loading, Dooling ( Critical Care ) has constructed a deceptively simple story involving the disappearance in the African bush of Michael Killigan, a Peace Corps worker from Indianapolis whose father is a powerful wizard of the bankruptcy courts in the Seventh Circuit.

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Dooling's novel about a Peace Corps volunteer missing in Africa and the two men-his naive friend and his boastful father-who try to use American influence to find him was a 1994 National Book Award finalist.

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Michael's childhood friend Boone Westfall has already traveled to Paris, where the two had planned to meet and then travel onward throughout Europe.

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