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An Invisible Killer

A young girl goes missing after getting into a car with a mysterious man. Another girl disappears soon after, also after a man offers her a ride.

When the local police lose interest, Samantha Khama - a new detective with the Botswana Criminal Investigation Department, and its only woman - devotes herself to keeping the cases alive. As she starts to make progress, Detective Kubu joins forces with her to take the investigation to the next level.

When opposition leader, Bill Marumo unexpectedly wins an election and is then murdered the day after, Kubu and Samantha have a high profile murder investigation on their hands. A search of Marumo's home yields a sample of muti - traditional African medicine - that has traces of human DNA. They believe it is from a feared and powerful witch doctor, supposedly invisible unless he chooses to take physical form.

Kubu and Samantha are thrust into a harrowing race not only to stop a killer - the formidable witch doctor - but also those willing to pay for his special potions.

 

 

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Shortlisted for:
ITW best paperback original thriller


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The Kalahari: a place where men go to die

When a Kalahari ranger is found dead in a dry ravine, his corpse surrounded by three Bushmen, the local police arrest the nomads. Botswanas Detective Kubu Bengu investigates the case and is reunited with his old school friend Khumanego, a Bushman and advocate for his people. Khumanego claims the nomads are innocent and the arrests motivated by racist antagonism. The Bushmen are released, but soon after, another man is murdered in similar circumstances. Are the Bushmen to blame, or is it a copycat murder?

Then there is a third murder. Again it points to the Bushmen. Kubu journeys into the depths of the Kalahari to find the truth. What he discovers will test all his powers of detection and his ability to stay alive ...

Winner: BARRY best paperback original

Shortlisted for:
ANTHONY best paperback original
EDGAR best paperback original
Minnesota Book Awards genre fiction

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A man dead for 30 years is murdered

Two vicious murders, only hours apart.

When two guests—Zimbabwean teacher Goodluck Tinubu and supposed South African tourist Sipho Langa—are bludgeoned to death at the isolated Jackalberry bush camp in northern Botswana, Detective David “Kubu” Bengu arrives from Gaborone to assist the local police.

Ishmael Zondo, another guest at the camp, departed unexpectedly at dawn the morning after the murders. Now Zondo has completely disappeared, and the Zimbabwe police are unable—or unwilling—to trace him. Reports surface that he is wanted as a dissident in Zimbabwe. And, as a final enigma, matching fingerprint records reveal that Goodluck Tinubu was killed in the Rhodesian civil war thirty years earlier.

Then the other guests at the camp start dying one by one. The local police have their own suspicions, but the wily Kubu believes that the obvious is not what it seems. Having discovered that everyone at the Jackalberry camp has something to hide, Kubu sets a clever trap to find the truth.

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A bloody corpse and blood diamonds

Smashed skull, snapped ribs, and a cloying smell of carrion. Leave the body for the hyenas to devour—no body, no case.

But when Kalahari game rangers stumble on a human corpse mid-meal, it turns out the murder wasn’t perfect after all. Enough evidence is left to suggest foul play. Detective David “Kubu” Bengu of the Botswana Criminal Investigation Department is assigned to the case.

Kubu’s personality and physique match the moniker. His nickname is Setswana for hippopotamus—a seemingly docile creature, but one of the deadliest on the continent. Beneath Kubu’s pleasant surface lies the same unwavering resolve that makes the hippopotamus so deceptively dangerous. Both will trample everything in their path to reach an objective. And beginning with the suspicious carrion death, the clever detective battles to unravel the tangle of crime and corruption.

Shortlisted for:
CWA Debut Dagger award 
Strand Magazine's critics award for best first novel
Barry Award for for best first novel
Macavity Award for best first novel
Minnesota Book Awards genre fiction