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by Hope Road, April 2015. ISBN: 978-1-90844-632-9
Set in a remote Liberian border
town, this book takes a while to warm up. For the first few chapters the author
sets the scene beautifully and it felt more like a Paulo Coelho (no bad thing!)
than a murder mystery. This is certainly no fast-paced, gritty thriller. The
style is almost more Scandi-crime (but without the alcoholism) featuring long,
somehow bleak, descriptions of life and society in Liberia.
the eyes of our hero, William Mawolo, we learn that he is there to investigate
the disappearance of the local chief. Interviewing those who knew him, William
uncovers conflicting perspectives and despairs of ever solving the mystery.
Along the way he lusts after the missing chief's daughter and one of her
grandfather's wives makes it plain that she would like to get to know him
better. So far, so incestuous!
this is indicative of the locale: a small, tribal society where everyone seems
to know their place and some of them do not appreciate William's investigation.
But he perseveres despite fearing that he will be poisoned by someone who
doesn't want the truth to come out. Ultimately, the truth is stranger than he
could ever have expected.
is a thought-provoking, beautifully descriptive, almost mystical novel that
will sweep you gently away into a world far removed from our own.
Reviewer: Joanna Kennedy
Vamba Sherifwas born in Kolahun,
Liberia in 1973. In his early teens he moved to Kuwait, where he completed
secondary school. The First Gulf War compelled him to leave Kuwait and settle
first in Damascus, Syria and then in The Netherlands, where he read Law. Vamba
is also a journalist and film critic. His passions are music, film and rare
books on Africa. His books include: The
Land of the Fathers, The Kingdom of Sebah, The Witness and The Black Napoleon.
Joanna Kennedy studied French and German at university. She works in
the aerospace industry and is a chartered marketer in the UK. She describes herself as a
voracious reader, enjoying genres as varied as crime thrillers, historical
fiction and autobiographies. Joanna lives in London. She is the daughter of crime thriller
writer Leigh Russell.