A Carrion Death

A Carrion Death

Introducing Detective Kubu

Book - 2009
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Smashed skull, snapped ribs, and a cloying smell of carrion. Leave the body for the hyenas to devour--no body, no case.

But Kalahari game rangers stumble on the human corpse mid-meal. The murder wasn't perfect after all. Enter Detective David "Kubu" Bengu of the Botswana Criminal Investigation Department, an investigator whose personality and physique match his moniker, the Setswana word for hippopotamus--which is a seemingly docile beast, but one of the deadliest, and most persistent, on the continent.

Beneath a mountain of lies and superstitions, Kubu uncovers a chain of crimes leading to the most powerful figures in the country--cold-bloodedly efficient and frighteningly influential enemies who can make anyone who gets in their way disappear.

Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Harper, 2009, c2008.
ISBN: 9780061252419
Characteristics: x, 467, 20 p. :,map.


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Jul 27, 2016

A refreshing alternative to Alexander McCall Smith's "detective" series set in Botswana.

Feb 20, 2014

I give this book only a 1-star rating. Its a murder mystery / food review book that ends without loose ends tied up clearly. The authors seemed to have tired of writing by the end. And, yes, it has a weirdly placed sex scene towards the beginning (very graphic) that doesn't meld into the story line very well. The protagonist, a very fat detective, is constantly eating and drinking alcohol. The authors make sure you know every detail about the beverages he drinks and how his food is prepared. Throw in a murder every 10-12 pages and scenery of southern Africa and you have the mix. Bo-o-o-o-oring.

Jan 10, 2012

This is book #1 in a mystery series featuring Assistant Superintendent David (Kubu) Bengu of the Botswana Criminal Investigation Department; the book was originally published in the US, where one of its two South African authors spends much time, and not (as one might expect) in South Africa or even in the UK; the book has a wealth of Botswanan atmosphere but there is also a quite unnecessary American slant to the writing that is clearly aimed at making American readers feel comfortable, such as casual mention of “napkins” (a term largely restricted to the US though becoming very common here as we become Americanized) and the casual and unexplained mention of a Minnesota university and other things American, as well as talk about Fahrenheit temperatures and distances in feet and miles; I mean, this book is set in a former British territory in Africa and not in New York; on that score the novel deserves a score of 4 but the story itself is worth a seven and so it gets a better overall rating than all those many Americanisms would otherwise earn it.

Aug 21, 2011

OK, but no more than that; simple writing, but without charm. Weird sex scene early on, I'm not sure why.

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