In his debut novel, Hour of the Red God (published as The Honey Guide in the UK), Richard Crompton brings to life an unexpected new hero, Detective Mollel a widowed ex-Maasai warrior who, unlike the majority of his co-workers in Nairobi's Central Criminal Investigation Department, actually seeks to bring his cases to justice. Three days before Christmas, and five days before Kenya's controversial presidential election in 2007 that resulted in bloodshed and intense inter-tribal violence, Mollel finds the body of a Maasai prostitute named Lucy in a storm drain close to Uhuru Park in the center of the city. The twenty-something woman appears to have been butchered in a recent circumcision procedure known as e-muruata, usually performed at the onset of puberty within the Maasai tribe. [A note to sensitive readers: while Crompton gives some details about the ceremony, he is able to do ...
In this video, author Richard Crompton describes Hour of the Red God while in Nairobi:
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