You Will See Fire by Christopher Goffard
A Search for Justice in Kenya

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A nonfiction mystery dwelling on timeless themes: an individual’s stand against corruption, the complexity of the human heart.


Whether gunning down a warthog, raising the beams he'd hewn himself for a new church, or standing up for landless refugees and abused girls, Father John Kaiser was a figure larger than life. He was fierce in his commitments, devoted to the poor and displaced, and fearless—what some would call reckless—in the pursuit of justice. For this he was beloved by his parishioners, seen as a loose cannon by his superiors in the church, and despised by Kenya's strongmen under the tyrannical leadership of Daniel arap Moi. When Kaiser was discovered dead on a remote roadside in the bush, the FBI ruled it a suicide. Kenyans were sure he'd been murdered.



In a new Kenya, post-Moi, it would fall to Charles Mbuthi Gathenji, a prominent dissident and the son of a man himself murdered for his beliefs, to find out what really happened to Father John Kaiser.
 

About Christopher Goffard

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Christopher Goffard writes for the Los Angeles Times and lives in Southern California.
 
Published December 5, 2011 by W. W. Norton & Company. 336 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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Goffard believes that Kaiser, who before his death became “a symbol of national conscience, a source of hope, a galvanizing force,” was murdered because of his campaign to bring one of Moi's top henchman to trial and bring the dictator himself before the Hague Court of International Justice.

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With the support of extensive government documents, interviews, and candid photos, Goffard, a writer for the Los Angeles Times, examines the life and death of a true Roman Catholic warrior priest, Father John Kaiser, an advocate of the poor and abused Kenyans in the bush.

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Los Angeles Times

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The body of John Kaiser, an American Catholic priest, was found in a ditch outside the Kenyan market town of Naivasha on Aug. 24, 2000.

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Norton & Company Product Description A nonfiction mystery dwelling on timeless themes: an individual’s stand against corruption, the complexity of the human heart.Whether gunning down a warthog, raising the beams he'd hew...

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