A Carrion Death: Introducing Detective Kubu by Michael StanleyA Carrion Death: Introducing Detective Kubu by Michael Stanley

A Carrion Death: Introducing Detective Kubu

byMichael Stanley

Paperback | March 31, 2009

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Smashed skull, snapped ribs, and a cloying smell of carrion. Leave the body for the hyenas to devour—no body, no case.

But Kalahari game rangers stumble on the human corpse mid-meal. The murder wasn't perfect after all. Enter Detective David "Kubu" Bengu of the Botswana Criminal Investigation Department, an investigator whose personality and physique match his moniker, the Setswana word for hippopotamus—which is a seemingly docile beast, but one of the deadliest, and most persistent, on the continent.

Beneath a mountain of lies and superstitions, Kubu uncovers a chain of crimes leading to the most powerful figures in the country—cold-bloodedly efficient and frighteningly influential enemies who can make anyone who gets in their way disappear.

Michael Stanley is the writing team of Michael Sears and Stanley Trollip. Sears was born in Johannesburg, grew up in Cape Town and Nairobi, and teaches at the University of the Witwatersrand. Trollip was also born in Johannesburg and has been on the faculty of the universities of Illinois, Minnesota, and North Dakota, and at Capella Un...
Title:A Carrion Death: Introducing Detective KubuFormat:PaperbackDimensions:512 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.82 inPublished:March 31, 2009Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0061252417

ISBN - 13:9780061252419


Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Carrion Death. Great Botswanan Detective mystery! A corpse dumped near a water hole in an isolated game reserve leads to a series of baffling murders. Great plot with surprising twists and a totally unexpected conclusion. Loved the characters - Inspector Kubu - "Kubu" means hippopotamus in Tswana - of gigantic girth and an amateur Opera singer in his police jeep, is both lovable and smart. Found the insights into African culture illuminating and the insights into the Botswanan way of life intriguing. Evey bit as good - if not better- than McCall-Smiths "Number 1 Ladies Detective Agency"! Highly recommended!
Date published: 2015-08-21

Editorial Reviews

“[An] impressive debut. . . . The intricate plotting, a grisly sense of realism and numerous topical motifs . . . make this a compulsively readable novel. . . . This fast-paced forensic thriller will resonate . . . with fans of Patricia Cornwell’s Kay Scarpetta.”