Brief reviews of mysteries, thrillers, and crime novels.
Friday, October 7, 2011
Nairobi Heat, by Mukoma Wa Ngugi
This is a fascinating little book, a lightening read, and an interesting discourse on the price of collective guilt, the epidemiology of violence, and the relationship of African Americans to Africa. The protagonist is Ishmael Fofona, a Black police detective from Madison, Wisconsin, who finds himself in Kenya trying to unravel the mystery behind the death of a beautiful young blonde woman on the door step of a peace activist, Joshua Hakizimana, who is said to have rescued thousands of refugees from the genocide in Rwanda. Ishmael hates being called a white man in Kenya, where he finds a sense of belonging in spite of language and cultural divides. I hope a series grows out of this. Mukoma Wa Ngugi is a political columnist, born in Illinois, raised in Kenya.