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Nairobi Heat

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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.

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"Nairobi Heat is a gripping evocation of the collision of two intertwined worlds - the USA and Kenya - which are unravelled by violence, greed and prejudice." - Margie Orford

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