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A Carrion Death

(2008)
(The first book in the Detective Kubu series)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
Barry Awards Best First Novel (nominee)
Macavity Awards Best First Novel (nominee)
Smashed skull, snapped ribs, and a cloying smell of carrion. Leave the body for the hyenas to devour—no body, no case.

But when Kalahari game rangers stumble on a human corpse midmeal, it turns out the murder wasn't perfect after all. Enough evidence is left to suggest foul play. Detective David "Kubu" Bengu of the Botswana Criminal Investigation Department is assigned to the case.

The detective's personality and physique match his moniker. The nickname "Kubu" is Setswana for "hippopotamus"—a seemingly docile creature, but one of the deadliest on the continent. Beneath Kubu's pleasant surface lies the same unwavering resolve that makes the hippopotamus so deceptively dangerous. Both will trample everything in their path to reach an objective.

From the sun-baked riverbeds of the Kalahari to the highest offices of an international conglomerate, Kubu follows a blood-soaked trail in search of answers.

Beneath a mountain of lies and superstitions, he uncovers a chain of crimes leading to the most powerful figures in the country—influential enemies who will kill anyone in their way.

A memorable detective makes his debut in this gritty, mesmerizing thriller. Set amid the beauty and darkness of contemporary Africa, A Carrion Death is the first entry in an evocative new series cutting to the heart of today's Botswana—a modern democracy threatened by unstable neighbors, poachers, and diamond smugglers. Those trying to expose the corrupt ringleaders will find themselves fighting for their lives. . . .

Genre: Mystery    Get it on Google Play

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Used availability for Michael Stanley's A Carrion Death

Hardback Editions

April 2008 : UK Hardback
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Title: A Carrion Death (Detective Kubu 1)
Author(s): Michael Stanley
ISBN: 0-7553-4404-9 / 978-0-7553-4404-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Headline
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April 2008 : USA Hardback
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Title: A Carrion Death: Introducing Detective Kubu
Author(s): Michael Stanley
ISBN: 0-06-125240-9 / 978-0-06-125240-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper
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Paperback Editions

March 2009 : USA Paperback
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Title: A Carrion Death: Introducing Detective Kubu (Detective Kubu Series)
Author(s): Michael Stanley
ISBN: 0-06-125241-7 / 978-0-06-125241-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper Perennial
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October 2008 : UK Paperback
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Title: A Carrion Death
Author(s): Michael Stanley
ISBN: 0-7553-4406-5 / 978-0-7553-4406-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Headline
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


October 2008 : UK Paperback
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Title: A Carrion Death
Author(s): Michael Stanley
ISBN: 0-7553-4680-7 / 978-0-7553-4680-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Headline
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April 2008 : UK Paperback
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Title: A Carrion Death
Author(s): Michael Stanley
ISBN: 0-7553-4405-7 / 978-0-7553-4405-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Headline
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Audio Editions

August 2008 : USA Audio edition
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Title: A Carrion Death: Introducing Detective Kubu
Author(s): Michael Stanley
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Availability: Amazon   


July 2008 : USA Audio CD
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Title: A Carrion Death: Introducing Detective Kubu
Author(s): Michael Stanley
ISBN: 1-4001-0788-1 / 978-1-4001-0788-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tantor Audio
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July 2008 : USA Audio CD
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Title: A Carrion Death: Introducing Detective Kubu
Author(s): Michael Stanley
ISBN: 1-4001-3788-8 / 978-1-4001-3788-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


July 2008 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: A Carrion Death: Introducing Detective Kubu
Author(s): Michael Stanley
ISBN: 1-4001-5788-9 / 978-1-4001-5788-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


2008 : USA Audio CD

Title: Carrion Death, A - on Playaway
Author(s): Michael Stanley
ISBN: 1-60640-138-6 / 978-1-60640-138-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Playaway
Availability: Amazon   


Kindle Editions

November 2010 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: A Carrion Death
Author(s): Michael Stanley
Publisher: Headline
Availability: Amazon UK   


October 2009 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: A Carrion Death: Introducing Detective Kubu (Detective Kubu Series)
Author(s): Michael Stanley
Publisher: HarperCollins e-books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA