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Black As He's Painted (original 1974; edition 1974)
by Ngaio Marsh
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0312972792, Mass Market Paperback)
Portrait of a murder...
Superintendent Roderick Alleyn's old school chum-- whom his wife Troy longs to paint-- is now President of Ng'ombwana, a brand-new African republic. This handsome, charismatic dictator has enemies of every stripe: from ruddy-faced ex-colonists to new rivals, from dispossessed businessmen to racist crackpots. But when a ceremonial spear deals death at his lavish embassy party in London, Alleyn must decipher the victim's last utterance and expose an assassin's true colors...
(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:50:31 -0400)
When the exuberant president of Ng'ombwana proposes to dispense with the usual security arrangements on an official visit to London, his old school mate Chief Superintendent Alleyn is called in to persuade him otherwise.
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