Nairobi Heat by Mukoma Wa Ngugi

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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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Blame by Jeff Abbott

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The crash that killed him

Two years ago, Jane Norton crashed her car on a lonely road, killing her friend David and leaving her with amnesia.  At first, everyone was sympathetic.  Then they found Jane’s note: I wish we were dead together.

A girl to blame

From that day, the town turned against her.  But even now Jane is filled with questions: why were they on that road?  Why was she with David?  Did she really want to die?

The secrets she should forget

Most of all, she must find out who has just written an anonymous message: <u>I know what really happened.  I know what you don’t remember.

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The Twelve Lives Of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti

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After years spent living on the run, Samuel Hawley moves with his teenage daughter Loo to Olympus, Massachusetts. There, in his late wife’s hometown, Hawley finds work as a fisherman, while Loo struggles to fit in at school and grows curious about her mother’s mysterious death. Haunting them both are twelve scars Hawley carries on his body, from twelve bullets in his criminal past, a past that eventually spills over into his daughter’s present, until together they must face a reckoning yet to come. 

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Little Secrets by Anna Snoekstra

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”I am not sick.

I just like the little dolls …

I think I’ll break one soon.

It’s every parent’s worst nightmare. A tiny porcelain doll appearing on your doorstep. Bright blonde hair, rosy cheeks, even a little blue dress. A perfect replica of your six-year-old daughter.

Then anonymous letters from ‘The Doll Collector’ begin to arrive. And in the small town where everyone has their own little secrets, no one is safe from suspicion.

Because you can never really trust the people who live just along the street … 

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