Normally a peaceful wilderness retreat, the Jackalberry bush camp has
suddenly become a ghastly crime sceneand the details are still emerging when
Detective David "Kubu" Bengu is assigned to the case. Zimbabwean teacher
Goodluck Tinubu and another tourist have been found bludgeoned to death, while
another guest at the camprumored to be a dissident wanted in Zimbabwehas
disappeared without a trace.
With the local police unableor unwillingto provide much assistance, Detective Kubu relies on his own instincts to track down those responsible for the crimes. But a startling piece of forensic evidence from Goodluck Tinubu's murder adds a complicated twist to the investigation, and Kubu must work fast to solve a seemingly impossible riddle before any more Jackalberry guests meet their death. Suspecting that everyone at the camp has something to hide, the wily detective from Gaborone sets a clever trap to find the truth.
The memorable Kubu of A Carrion Death returns in this gripping story of murder, greed, and hidden motives. Set in northern Botswana, amid lush vegetation and teeming wildlife, The Second Death of Goodluck Tinubu captures the intense loyalties and struggles taking place at the country's bordersand the shattered dreams of those living just outside this modern democracy.
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"The story runs on a little too long, as though Stanley...couldn't bear to leave this evocative setting. Readers will feel the same way. " - Publishers Weekly
"Starred Review. The author has created an excellent new venue for those who love to read about other cultures while enjoying a good mystery. Highly recommended." - Library Journal
"Kubu's second case is as leisurely and well-appointed as the first ...[Stanley] should satisfy all armchair travelers and most mystery fans." - Kirkus Reviews
"Starred Review. Suggest to fans of The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series, who will appreciate Kubu's laid-back style ... and to Henning Mankell fans, who will respond to the complex plots...." - Booklist
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Michael Stanley is the writing team of Michael Sears and Stanley Trollip.
Both are retired professors who have worked in academia and business. Sears is a mathematician, specializing in geological remote sensing. Trollip is an educational psychologist, specializing in the application of computers to teaching and learning, and a pilot. They were both born in South Africa.
They have been on a number of flying safaris to Botswana and Zimbabwe, where it was always exciting to buzz a dirt airstrip to shoo the elephants off. They have had many adventures on these trips including tracking lions at night, fighting bush fires on the Savuti plains in northern Botswana, being charged by an elephant, and having their plane's door pop open over the Kalahari, scattering navigation maps over ...
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