Nairobi Heat (Penguin, SA 2009):
Mukoma Wa Ngugi

When a beautiful blonde girl is found murdered on the porch of an
African university professor in Maple Bluff, Madison, Wisconsin,
hard-working detective Ishmael Fofona knows immediately that it will
be the news event of the year. What he cannot know however is that the
discovery of the dead girl will change his life forever and that
barely seventy-two hours after being called to the scene he will find
himself on African soil, hunting for clues in a case that seemingly
makes no sense. Why would Joshua Hakizimana – a hero of the Rwandan
genocide, a man who had saved hundreds of people from the machetes of
the genocidaires – kill a random white girl and then dump her body
outside his house? The answers, it would seem, lie in Africa. And
there is only one way to get at them.

Mukoma wa Ngugi’s debut novel is a gripping and hard-hitting detective
thriller that questions race, identity and class.  Nairobi Heat is
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About the author:  Mukoma Wa Ngugi is the author of the novel Nairobi
Heat (Penguin, SA 2009), an anthology of poetry titled Hurling Words
at Consciousness (AWP, 2006) and is a political columnist for the
BBC’s Focus on Africa Magazine.  He was short listed for the Caine
Prize for African writing in 2009.

His fiction has appeared in the Kenyon Review, Wasafiri and African
Writing, and his poetry in the New York Quarterly, Tin House Magazine,
Brick Magazine and the anthologies, Satellite Convulsions (Tin House,
2008), Remembering Ken Saro-Wiwa (Flipped Eye Press, 2006), Step into
a World: A Global Anthology of New Black Writing (John Wiley & Sons,
2001). A former co-editor of Pambazuka News, his columns have appeared
in the Guardian, International Herald Tribune, Chimurenga, Los Angeles
Times, South African Labour Bulletin, and Business Daily Africa, and
he has been a guest on Democracy Now, Al Jazeera and the BBC World

His essays have appeared in the World Literature Review, the Black
Commentator, Progressive Magazine and Radical History Review. He has
forthcoming work in Callaloo and the St. Petersburg Review.


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