The Sun is God, Paperback Book
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Based on true events, The Sun is God is dark, outrageous and hugely entertaining -- historical crime fiction at its very best.

It is 1906 and Will Prior is in self-imposed exile on a remote South Pacific island, working a small, and failing, plantation.

He should never have told anyone about his previous existence as a military foot policeman in the Boer War, but a man needs friends, even if they are as stuffy and, well, German, as Hauptmann Kessler, the local government representative. So it is that Kessler approaches Will one hot afternoon, with a request for his help with a problem on a neighbouring island, inhabited by a reclusive, cultish group of European 'cocovores', who believe that sun worship and eating only coconuts will bring them eternal life.

Unfortunately, one of their number has died in suspicious circumstances, and Kessler has been tasked with uncovering the real reason for his demise.

So along with a 'lady traveller', Bessie Pullen-Burry, who is foisted on them by the archipelago's eccentric owner, they travel to the island of Kabakon, to find out what is really going on. So it is that Kessler approaches Will one hot afternoon, with a request for his help with a problem on a neighbouring island, inhabited by a reclusive, cultish group of European 'cocovores', who believe that sun worship and eating only coconuts will bring them eternal life.

Unfortunately, one of their number has died in suspicious circumstances, and Kessler has been tasked with uncovering the real reason for his demise.

So along with a 'lady traveller', Bessie Pullen-Burry, who is foisted on them by the archipelago's eccentric owner, they travel to the island of Kabakon, to find out what is really going on.

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9781846689833

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Like a previous reviewer, I was surprised by this one. Quite unlike the other McKinty books I've read. I enjoyed reading about German New Guinea. How many books have Kokopo as their setting? Certainly a first for me. Perhaps because it's based on real events, McKinty has given us a somewhat linear plot. Until the end anyway. Then, perhaps unable to resist his muse, he provides us with a plot surprise, a change of voice and a rollicking and satisfying ending.