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Title
The honey guide
Author
Richard Crompton
format
Hardback
Publisher
Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Language
English
UK Publication Date
20130214

Nairobi 2007. In the lead up to the presidential elections, this is a city poised on the brink, a place where the divisions between ethnic groups run deep and where a small elite has vast power over the poor majority. It will only take one spark for the whole city to ignite.

Amid this unrest, Mollel, a former Maasai warrior whose wife died in the bombing of the US embassy, is called to investigate the brutal murder of a prostitute in a public park. Regarded as something of an outsider by his police colleagues, he is also struggling to maintain custody of his son.

As riots sweep through the city following claims of vote rigging and corruption, Mollel suspects there is more to the case than he thought. But are his warrior's instincts-which have never failed him-as true as they feel? And can Mollel ever truly find justice for one poor girl who trusted the wrong people?

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Richard
Crompton is an ex-BBC journalist who moved to East Africa several years ago with
his wife, a human rights lawyer who worked on the Rwanda genocide
trials. Richard won the DAILY TELEGRAPH Short Story Award in 2010.

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A compulsive whodunnit set in Kenya, where tribal politicscan get you killed
MAIL ON SUNDAY - Ian Rankin

[Crompton] has done something near-miraculous and madethe figure of the incorruptible loner-detective fresh again
DAILY TELEGRAPH

Smashing . . . It will make you long for the next instalment
FINANCIAL TIMES

Outstanding
GUARDIAN

The Honey Guide introduces Mollel, a former Maasai warrior...an intriguing figure, famous as the man who pulled dozens of survivors from the wreckage of the US embassy after it was bombed in 1998...Mollel's vulnerabilities gradually unfold, revealing a damaged but determined character who promises to be a fine addition to the ranks of fictional detectives
THE SUNDAY TIMES - Joan Smith

This is a smashing debut, as fleet-footed as the warrior himself. It will make you long for the next instalment
FINANCIAL TIMES

a good plot and an interesting cast of characters
THE TIMES - Marcel Berlins

Crompton brings the streets of Nairobi to life, Mollel and Kiunga, his investigation partner, are strong characters and with the traditions and history of the country integral to the plot, this is an excellent crime series in the making
CHOICE

Good news for fans of exotic police procedurals, crime fiction's first Maasai detective makes his debut here in what promises to be a series to watch. It is 2007 and Mollel, an outsider in a mostly Kikuyu force, investigates the murder of a woman as riots sweep through Nairobi following claims of corruption and vote- rigging in the Kenyan elections
TIMES SOUTH AFRICA

A fascinating debut novel set against the turbulent Kenyan 2007 election in which more than 1,500 were killed in riots, this is the first in a series that will bring Nairobi and its colourful citizens vividly to life
IRISH INDEPENDENT - Myles McWeeney

This outstanding debut... a vivid and sensitive depiction of an alarmingly volatile situation, riven with tribal divisions, in a place where glittering tower blocks and shopping malls sit cheek-by-jowl with tin shacks. This, however is more than mere local colour, with traditions, beliefs and conflicts being properly defining factors in the characterisation of a strong cast... The good news is that it is the first in a projected series - more, please
THE GUARDIAN - Laura Wilson

[Crompton] successfully incorporates the regions many customs and difficulties within his characters, giving readers a real insight into what makes Nairobi and its citizens tick. The Honey Guide is the first in a planned series of crime novels featuring Mollel, and, if it is anything to go by, we are in for an enjoyable ride
TRAVEL AFRICA

Ever since the success of tartan noir and the Scandinavian crime wave, publishers have been searching for the next sleuth and location. Now, Richard Crompton, a former BBC journalist, offers us Mollel, a Maasai detective in Nairobi. Mollel is a good character, with a credibly tragic past, and an even more credible inability to give his young, motherless son the attention he needs... virtuous and brave but domestically careless, a rule-breaker who always gets his man... The setting feels authentic and the glimpses of Mollel's tribal past are sparing and well drawn, as are the murderous tensions in the Nairobi slums
TLS - Natasha Cooper

A compulsive whodunnit set in Kenya, where tribal politics can get you killed
THE MAIL ON SUNDAY - Ian Rankin

Crompton's thrilling African mystery is accomplished, atmospheric and engrossing.
Good Book Guide

Type
BOOK
Edition
Hardback original
Keyword Index
Nairobi (Kenya) - Fiction.|Suspense fiction.
Country of Publication
England
Number of Pages
vii, 309

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