Hour of the Red God

A Detective Mollel Novel

Richard Crompton

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A Finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Best Mystery/Thriller

Nairobi, 2007. In Africa’s sprawling megacity, a small elite holds power over an impoverished, restless majority. With Kenya’s presidential elections looming on the horizon, tensions in the city have reached an all-time high. So when the body of a prostitute is discovered inside Uhuru Park, the police are too preoccupied to care. But Detective Mollel does, and deeply. He is a former Maasai warrior, and the dead girl was Maasai too. As he ventures from slums to skyscrapers, from suburbs to sewers in search of the killer, Mollel is forced to confront his turbulent past—and the terrifying realization that this homicide is anything but typical.

Richard Crompton’s Hour of the Red God is a dark, thrilling, and vividly imagined mystery, with a hero as complex as Nairobi itself.

 

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SATURDAY, 22 DECEMBER 2007
The sun is at the vertical, and shade is as scarce as charity on Biashara Street. Where it exists—in shop fronts and alleyways, like cave mouths and canyons—life clings: eyes blink, and patiently they watch.
They see a man and a boy walking along the sidewalk, the boy turning every third or fourth step into a skip to match his companion’s rangy stride.
The man, in concession, has stooped slightly to maintain a conversational height. Their posture suggests that if either reached out a hand, the other would grasp it, but

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Praise for Hour of the Red God

“A compulsive whodunit set in Kenya, where tribal politics can get you killed.”—Ian Rankin

“Spellbinding and grimly fascinating.”—The Christian Science Monitor

“An impressive novel...full of the indigenous sights and sounds we crave in such a work.”—The Wall Street Journal

“It’s an unusual feeling for a mystery fan to get in on a new series this good from the first book....Richard Crompton’s debut Detective Mollel novel is a fantastic read, an exotic hard-boiled noir with heart and a fascinating, troubled hero.”—The Cleveland Plain Dealer

“From the moment we meet Mollel...we enter an entirely fresh world....This is a smashing debut, as fleet-footed as the warrior himself. It will make you long for the next installment.”—Financial Times (London)


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Richard Crompton

Richard Crompton lives in Nairobi, Kenya, with his wife and their three young children. A former BBC journalist, Crompton left London several years ago when his wife, a human rights lawyer, was offered a job in Rwanda helping to prosecute the perpetrators of genocide.

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Hour of the Red God
A Detective Mollel Novel
Richard Crompton

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L.A. Times Book Prize - Finalist, Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Picador
April 2014
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781250043634
ISBN10: 1250043638
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 304 pages
$16.00

Hardcover

Hardcover
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Sarah Crichton Books
May 2013
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780374171995
ISBN10: 0374171998
6 x 9 inches, 304 pages
$26.00

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e-Book Agency
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Sarah Crichton Books
May 2013
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9780374709259
ISBN10: 0374709254
304 pages
$9.99
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