The sensational true story of Kenyan missionary John Kaiser: A murdered priest.
A covered-up crime. A fight for justice. John Kaiser, paratrooper turned priest, was a major voice in opposition to the Kenyan dictator Daniel Moi.
In 2000, while preparing to speak against the regime, he received a letter telling him Utaona Moto - You Will See Fire.
Months later, he is found dead. The initial post-mortem concluded that Kaiser, a complicated man, committed suicide.
But for a Roman Catholic this is unthinkable, and eventually the FBI was called in to carry out its own investigation.
But they too concluded that Kaiser killed himself, despite major discrepancies in the evidence.
Several years later, with Moi's hated regime having finally fallen, Kenyan lawyer Mbuthi Gatheni decided to finally get to the bottom of what actually happened.
His investigation pointed to a potentially explosive cover-up by both the Kenyan government and the FBI.
His long campaign resulted in a new and dramatic inquest. In 'You Will See Fire', 2007 Pulitzer Prize finalist and part of the Pulitzer Prize winning team for 2011 Christopher Goffard tells the stories of John Kaiser and Mbuthi Gatheni - two very different characters whose lives become more closely interlinked as the mystery of Kaiser's death is finally unravelled in a thrilling conclusion.
This is a true story of murder, corruption, courage, and redemption.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 320 pages, Illustrations, port.
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication Date: 05/01/2012
- Category: Biography: general
- ISBN: 9780007372652
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Review by adpaton
“Ex Africa semper aliquid novi” was how Pliny paraphrased the original quip by Aristotle: Aristotle was referring to Libya specifically, not Kenya, where this book is set, and one might argue the murder of Catholic priests is hardly new, but You will see Fire does highlight a new and more anarchic phase of post-Colonial African politics.In August 2000, former paratrooper turned priest John Kaiser was murdered for his outspoken opposition to the Arap Moi regime: he was not the first or last priest to die but while US investigators collaborated with corrupt Moi officials in ascribing his death to suicide, the Kenyan people themselves honoured Kaiser as a martyr and a hero, never doubting he was assassinated.