Nairobi Heat by Mukoma Wa Ngugi

The Blurb On The Back:

A cop from Wisconsin pursues a killer through the terrifying slums of Nairobi and the memories of genocide.

In Madison, Wisconsin, it’s a big deal when African peace activist Joshua Hakizimana – who saved hundreds of people from the Rwandan genocide – accepts a position at the university to teach about “genocide and testimony”.  Then a young woman is found murdered on his doorstep.

Local police Detective Ishmael – an African-American in an “extremely white” town – suspects the crime is racially motivated; the Ku Klux Klan still holds rallies there, after all.  But then he gets a mysterious phone call: “If you want the truth, you must go to its source.  The truth is in the past.  Come to Nairobi.”

It’s the beginning of a journey that will take him to a place still vibrating from the genocide that happened around its borders, where violence is a part of everyday life, where big-oil money rules and where the local cops shoot first and ask questions later – a place, in short, where knowing the truth about history can get you killed.  

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