Hell's Gate: Book summary and reviews of Hell's Gate by Richard Crompton

Hell's Gate

A Detective Mollel Novel

by Richard Crompton

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Hell's Gate by Richard Crompton
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  • Published in USA  Jun 2015
    256 pages
    Genre: Thrillers

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It must have been Otieno's idea of a joke. Too many offended egos back at headquarters, too many influential people unhappy with him in Nairobi. And yet, with his record, he was almost impossible to dismiss. So Otieno had sent Mollel straight to Hell.

When we first met Detective Mollel in Hour of the Red God, he was heralded as "a wonderfully complex and tragic protagonist" (Booklist), and Richard Crompton's novel called "spellbinding" (The Christian Science Monitor) and "a fantastic read" (The Cleveland Plain Dealer). Now Mollel returns in Hell's Gate, only this time the Maasai warrior-turned-detective has been banished from Nairobi, Kenya's bustling metropolis, to a small, fly-blown town on the edge of a national park. His career, he thinks, has taken a nosedive. His colleagues on the police force are a close-knit group and they have not taken kindly to a stranger in their midst. Mollel suspects they are guilty of the extortion and bribery that plague the force. But when the body of a flower worker turns up in the local lake, he begins to wonder if they might be involved in something even more disturbing.

For all is not as it seems in Hell's Gate. Amid rumors of a local death squad, disappearances, and blackmail, Mollel is forced not only to confront his Maasai heritage but also to ask himself where justice truly lies. In upholding the law, is he doing what is right? Crompton captures contemporary Kenya in all its complexity, and Hell's Gate is a captivating novel that you won't be able to put down.

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"Starred Review. Crompton effectively integrates Maasai culture into the absorbing plot." - Publishers Weekly

"Starred Review. A classic lone-wolf detective story with enough plot twists to keep readers guessing until the end, this novel will appeal to those looking for both a psychological and an action thriller." - Library Journal

"Mollel's second appearance is moody and slow-rolling, as layered and involving as his first (Hour of the Red God, 2013), immersing the reader in a fascinating and unfamiliar world, with a mystery heightening the tension." - Kirkus

"[Crompton] has done something near-miraculous and made the figure of the incorruptible loner-detective fresh again." - The Daily Telegraph (UK)

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Richard Crompton Author Biography

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Richard Crompton has lived and worked in East Africa since 2005. He has worked as a producer and journalist for the BBC and other international broadcasters.

In 2010 Richard won the Daily Telegraph ghost story competition. In 2013, his first novel was published as The Honey Guide in UK/Commonwealth and Hour of the Red God in US/Canada.

He lives in Nairobi with his wife and young family.

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