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Title:A Deadly Trade
Authors:Michael Stanley
Info:Headline (2009), Edition: First Edition, Paperback, 384 pages
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Rating:****1/2
Tags:African fiction, crime, Botswana

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The Second Death of Goodluck Tinubu by Michael Stanley

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This is #2 in the Kubu series and I read it to fill in a gap in my reading.
What I have enjoyed about these books is not only the very clever and tight plotting, but the lovely character development of Detective “Kubu” Bengu, his immediate family, and those he works with. It seems to me also that the setting provides another strong character. The initial action is set in tourist camp, but the roots of the plot go back decades into the history of Zimbabwe.

The character of Bengu gives the authors plenty of scope to show policing in Botswana in a good light. It comes across as a rather different Botswana to that of Precious Ramotswe but the values are the same.

A good read. ( )
  smik | Jan 11, 2014 |
Detective Kubu Bengee based in Botswana. Likied very nmuch. ( )
  magentaflake | Sep 21, 2012 |
At one level this book reminds one a bit of the The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series. It is set in Botswana and it presents a very sympathetic view of the country, savouring the delights of Africa and Africans rather than perpetuating the negative stereotypes which are found all too often. It's also a detective story with African protagonists, but here it parts company from its more demure ladies' counterpart. Violent death and political intrigue are at the heart of the story, but even so they are investigated with a simple goodness which one does not find in most detective thrillers. A thoroughly good read. ( )
  johnthefireman | Jul 28, 2012 |
My initial reaction was to be sceptical of “A Deadly Trade”, and it took its time to work its way to the head of the 'to-be-read' pile, but a combination of a well executed opening scene and an extremely accomplished sense of place managed to capture attention. For all the exasperation at some of the plot devices, it does engender a distinct curiousity about what's actually going to happen, and it passes the 'does it keep you up at night' test with flying colours. Great literature it probably isn't, but it's well worth a read.

For full review please see: http://southlondonbook.blogspot.com/2010/06/deadly-trade-michael-stanley.html
  isynge | Jun 2, 2010 |
Set in Botswana and surrounding countries. Well written ( )
  AnneliM | Mar 25, 2010 |
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The farewells had been said many years ago, so Goodluck hugged his old comrade and left without a word. He zipped the tent door closed and started along the path to his own bush tent.
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Aiding local police in a double-homicide investigation involving the brutal killings of two foreign guests at a Botswana bush camp, detective David "Kubu" Bengu learns that a dissident wanted by the Zimbabwean government was involved and that one of the victims allegedly died decades earlier.… (more)

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