Friday, June 26, 2009

Bait by Nick Brownlee

Ex-Flying Squad cop Jake Moore's career was cut short by a bullet; ten years on, he runs a game fishing business that is about to go to the wall. But old habits die hard, and when cerebral Mombasa detective Daniel Jouma - seemingly the only good policeman in a city where corruption is king - asks for his help in solving a baffling murder case, he cannot help but become involved. The mangled body of a street criminal has been washed up on the beach and a fishing boat skipper and his bait boy have blown up in the water. When Jake and Jouma look closer, they discover that not only are the murders linked, but the conspiracy surrounding them stretches far beyond the reaches of Africa - and has deadly implications for everyone concerned. This gripping crime thriller strips away Kenya's tourist glitz and exposes the country's dark and treacherous underbelly beneath.

I heard about this book on BBC 5Live's Book Reviews with Simon Mayo (a staple of my long list of podcast listens). They raved about it so I added it to my list of Book Club buys. I wasn't especially impressed. They give away the average twist about three quarters of the way thru. It's not particularly fast paced either. I was looking forward to it as I do enjoy things set locally (Kenya, being in Africa falls into semi-locally ... and plus, it's on the list of places I've been, okay?). But no, I wouldn't especially be recommending this one :(

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