21.8.13

BLOOD AND FIRE, by Nick Brownlee

2/series. You thought Bait was good, read Blood and Fire, the next Jake and Jouma hair-raiser set in Mombasa and points around. Peopled with people you could barely term human (most of whom we'd cross the street to avoid), this fast-moving thriller pits ex-Flying Squad cop Jake and the indefatigable Inspector Daniel Jouma against the usual appalling Kenyan corruption and cronyism, plus a juggernaut development corporation. Brownlee's depictions of how most Kenyans live is unsettling but almost never crosses into the not-believable. How they die is the same. And why was Sister Gudrun kidnapped? Read it and find out. It's a solid 5. www.nickbrownlee.com for updates.