New recruit to the Botswana Criminal Investigation Department, Samantha Khama, calls upon Detective Kubu when the hunt for two missing girls hits a dead end ... and it becomes clear that there is a serial killer on the loose, and his motive is terrifying...
'A wonderful, original voice - McCall Smith with a dark edge and even darker underbelly' Peter James
'The perfect combination of "I don't want it to end" and "I can't put it down". Great African crime fiction' Deon Meyer
'My favourite writing duo since Ellery Queen' Ragnar Jonasson
A young girl goes missing after getting into a car with a mysterious man. Soon after, a second girl disappears, and her devastated father, Witness, sets out to seek revenge.
As the trail goes cold, Samantha Khama - new recruit to the Botswana Criminal Investigation Department - suspects the girl was killed for muti, the traditional African medicine usually derived from plants, sometimes animals, and, recently and most chillingly, human parts.
When the investigation gets personal, Samantha enlists opera-loving wine connoisseur Assistant Superintendent David 'Kubu' Bengu to help her dig into the past.
As they begin to discover a pattern to the disappearances, there is another victim, and Kubu and Samantha are thrust into a harrowing race to stop a serial killer who has only one thing in mind...
'A fascinating police procedural ... the most complex book in this series. Besides being an intricate crime puzzle that Kubu and his team must untangle, it also looks at societal issues' St Paul Pioneer Press
'Compelling and deceptively written...' New York Journal of Books
'Richly atmospheric ... a gritty depiction of corruption and deception' Publishers Weekly
'Under the African sun, Michael Stanley's Detective Kubu investigates crimes as dark as the darkest of Nordic Noir. Call it Sunshine Noir, if you will - a must read' Yrsa Sigurdardottir
'Intelligent, dark and compelling - among the best of today's crime fiction' Quentin Bates
Publisher: Orenda Books
Number of pages: 388
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm
'A wonderful, original voice - McCall Smith with a dark edge and even darker underbelly' Peter James; 'Under the African sun, Michael Stanley's Detective Kubu investigates crimes as dark as the darkest of Nordic Noir. Call it Sunshine Noir, if you will - a must read' Yrsa Sigurdardottir; 'Detective David "Kubu" Bengu is a wonderful creation, complex and beguiling. The exotic smells and sounds of Botswana fill the pages as well as the changes and struggles of a country brimming with modern technology yet fiercely clinging to old traditions. Compelling and deceptively written ...' New York Journal of Books; 'One of the finest crime thrillers of 2013' Strand Mystery Magazine; 'Tight plotting is seasoned with African culture and the uglier presence of political corruption, AIDS, and black magic. Detective Kubu is joined by Detective Samantha Khama, who helps unravel a mystery involving a witch doctor who is believable and utterly menacing' Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine; 'These darker, grittier entries featuring the portly and perceptive Detective Kubu blend intricate plotting and a compelling cast ...Though the cat-and-mouse chase that ensues propels the novel ever forward, Stanley also peppers the tale with richly detailed descriptions of Botswana and the lively lives of its citizens' Booklist;'This fourth adventure of Detective Kubu is a vibrant mixture of themes that infuses the traditions of old Botswana against the shock of the new. However, the real appeal of the book is the easy-going voice that Michael Stanley deploys, leading the reader into the darkest of places with little warning. This makes Deadly Harvest into one of the finest crime thrillers of 2013 ...' The Strand Mystery Magazine / SHOTS; 'This book took me to a world I didn't want to leave. It kept me reading, it kept me guessing, and it kept me gasping at its many twists and surprises. Highly recommended' R.L. Kline; 'Richly atmospheric ... gritty depiction of corruption and obsession' Publishers Weekly; '... a fascinating police procedural ... the most complex book in this series. Besides being an intricate crime puzzle that Kubu and his team must untangle, it also looks at societal issues' St Paul Pioneer Press