Book: Nairobi Heat
Author: Mukoma wa Ngugi
Available at: Library Kunda, Kacyiru.
Volume: 204 pages
The story opens with a beautiful dead white girl discovered on the doorstep of a black man, an African professor in Madison, Wisconsin. It is not only the news story of the year, but the crime of the year.
As Ishmael, the detective in charge of the investigation puts it, “If I was to give advice to black criminals, I would tell them this: ‘do not commit crimes against white people because the state will not rest until you are caught’.”
Nairobi Heat is very much plot-driven, but as equally the characters drive the story as they develop. ‘O’ and his family unveil African life for Ishmael, and he meets and gets to know artists, women, white Africans, the folklore, and the recent history of Africa on his quest to uncover the motive, and thus the murderer.