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The Honey Guide (2013)

by Richard Crompton

Series: Mollel (1)

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I got this from Waterstone's to review. It is a novel set against the 2007 Nairobi elections about the murder of a prostitute.

While I enjoyed this book and in particular the twist near the end it tried too hard to cover both the election and the murder ending up doing neither of them justice!

I enjoyed Mollel the Maasai detective as a character and as he develops in future books should be very interesting to learn about what drove him to leave his village.

There were too many cliches. especially in regards to the portrayal of the church which is a pity.

To conclude this book promised much but failed to deliver although I have hopes for the series. ( )
  Northern_Light | Dec 20, 2016 |
A murder detective story with the novelty of being set in Nairobi rather than New York or London. The setting gives it interest but, as with many detective novels, coincidence and amazing insight play a strong role in the plot line. You also get the impression, also common these days, that the author has an eye on a TV series. Action and plot twists come regularly and the whole thing is over in just enough time to make an hour's episode. ( )
  Steve38 | Jul 4, 2016 |
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Die Sonne steht hoch am Himmel, und auf der Biashara Street ist Schatten ebenso rar wie Barmherzigkeit.
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The Honey Guide was published in the US as Hour of the Red God. They are the same book.
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The Maasai believe in two gods. Enkai Narok, the Black God, is benign. Enkai Nanyokie, the Red God, is the god of anger, vengeance, and death.

Nairobi, 2007. In Africa’s sprawling megacity, a small elite holds power over an impoverished, restless majority. Corruption, exploitation, and ethnic rivalry are part of everyday life. Amid claims of vote rigging and fraud, the presidential elections could be the spark that sets this city ablaze.

With chaos looming, few care about one dead prostitute. But Detective Mollel does. For Mollel is a former Maasai warrior, and the dead girl was a Maasai, too.

As he ventures from slums to skyscrapers, from suburbs to sewers, Mollel begins to realize that there is more at stake than just this murder. But even as he is forced to confront his turbulent past, he begins to doubt his warrior’s instincts.

Can Mollel manage to find the killer and solve the case before the Red God consumes all?


With the sophistication of Ian Rankin and Colin Harrison, and set against the backdrop of Kenya’s turbulent 2007 elections, Richard Crompton’s Hour of the Red God brings Nairobi vividly to life: gritty and modern, with an extraordinary blend of tribal and urban elements. In this dark thriller, tradition and power collide, arriving at a shocking, unforgettable end. And in the Maasai hero Mollel, a new detective icon is born.

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Detective Mollel, a former Maasai warrior in Nairobi, investigates the brutal murder of a prostitute and suspects the killing is part of a far more extensive plot associated with the turbulent elections of 2007.

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