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Black Star Nairobi by Mukoma Wa Ngugi

Black Star Nairobi

Black Star Nairobi by Mukoma Wa Ngugi
May 29, 2013 | 272 Pages
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“Stellar… In a country rife with tribal violence, the relationship between these men offers a unique perspective on postcolonial racism and global politics.” —Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

“What sets Wa Ngugi apart is his grasp of global politics.” —Shelf Awareness, starred review

“This hard-boiled crime novel packs an intense amount of action within its fast-paced pages… An interesting and unusual read.” —Library Journal

Praise for Nairobi Heat

Nairobi Heat takes us to Kenya with a refreshing authority… Besides the usual fun and thrill of crime novels, what makes the book a delicious read is that it’s also packed with engaged and relevant social commentary.”
—The New York Times

“If you’re weary of the glut of Scandinavian crime fiction, take a trip to Kenya’s teeming capital city. ” —The New York Post

“A fast-paced hard-boiled crime novel… We suggest you pick up a copy if you know what’s good for you.” —Flavorwire

“Just as the works of James Ellroy and Carl Hiaasen dig beneath the glitter of Hollywood and South Beach, respectively, to reveal a nasty, fetid underside, [Nairobi Heat] rips away images of the Sahara and safaris and goes beyond nightly news pictures of deprivation.”—The Fort Worth Star-Telegram 

“Ishmael Fofona, Ngugi’s detective, may not as yet have taken over from Kurt Wallander in our affections, but I’m hoping it’s only a matter of time.”—The Telegraph (UK)

“Sizzling…an action-packed cross-cultural ride, crackling with detail garnered from the author’s experience reporting on the African communities in which this story is set.” —Barnes & Noble Review

“An engaging insider’s view of the cultural divide between Americans and Africans.” —Publishers Weekly 

“Ngugi’s ability to weave a complex narrative, which connects crime and racial tensions in the US to an in-depth knowledge of Kenya and its nuances, to Rwanda and its genocide past within this African crime thriller, is nothing but the work of a genius craftsman and wordsmith.”New African Magazine

Nairobi Heat’s biggest triumph is the way it forces us to re-examine accepted narratives and received truths.”The Mail & Guardian (South Africa)

“[A] welcome discovery.”

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