By Michael Stanley
Smashed cranium, snapped ribs, and a cloying scent of carrion. depart the physique for the hyenas to devour—no physique, no case.
But while Kalahari video game rangers detect a human corpse mid-meal, it seems the homicide wasn’t excellent in any case. adequate proof is left to indicate foul play. Detective David “Kubu” Bengu of the Botswana legal research division is assigned to the case.
Kubu’s character and body fit the moniker. His nickname is Setswana for hippopotamus—a likely docile creature, yet one of many deadliest at the continent. underneath Kubu’s friendly floor lies a similar unwavering unravel that makes the hippopotamus so deceptively harmful. either will trample every little thing of their route to succeed in an target. And starting with the suspicious carrion loss of life, the smart detective battles to solve the tangle of crime and corruption.
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A Carrion Death (Detective Kubu, Book 1) by Michael Stanley