Machete : Number 3 in series Paperback
Part of the Jake and Jouma series
They call me the Headhunter...you may be familiar with my work.'It's Christmas and a machete-wielding predator with links to Kenya's most feared crime organisation is handing out severed heads as gifts.
As The Headhunter's gruesome spree spreads to Mombasa, Inspector Daniel Jouma finds himself drawn once again into the island's toxic heart. Meanwhile, when an old friend becomes the killer's latest victim, fishing boat skipper Jake Moore decides it's personal - and sets out to avenge a grieving widow and her children.Two men.
One target. Both set on a collision course with a conspiracy that threatens to turn Kenya into a tribal bloodbath.
The stakes could not be higher. But can Jake and Jouma keep their heads - while all about them are losing theirs?
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 352 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
- Publication Date: 01/07/2010
- Category: Crime & mystery
- ISBN: 9780749942564
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Review by johnthefireman
At one level this is just a normal trashy detective novel; indeed i bought it at Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to read on a trip to southern Sudan. But the fact that someone chooses to write a "normal trashy detective novel" set in Africa is interesting. The African characters come over as real people rather than African stereotypes, and modern urban middle-class Kenyans are portrayed as, well, modern. The young newspaper reporter picking up a frozen chicken dinner at the supermarket on the way home sticks in my mind. The Kenyan police are also portrayed as having the same sort of strengths and weaknesses as any small police force. It's all very refreshing. It does have some white characters in it, but they don't seem to dominate in the way that they do in many novels set in Africa, in which Africa is just an exotic back drop for a story about Europeans or North Americans. Having said all that, there are parts of it that don't feel right. In the book, Kenyans constantly refer to dollars; real Kenyans speak about shillings (or bob). All in all a mixed bag, but nevertheless a very refreshing different take on Africa.