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Smashed skull, snapped ribs, and a cloying smell of carrion. Leave the body for the hyenas to devour—no body, no case.

But Kalahari game rangers stumble on the human corpse mid-meal. The murder wasn't perfect after all. Enter Detective David "Kubu" Bengu of the Botswana Criminal Investigation Department, an investigator whose personality and physique match his moniker, the Setswana word for hippopotamus—which is a seemingly docile beast, but one of the deadliest, and most persistent, on the continent.

Beneath a mountain of lies and superstitions, Kubu uncovers a chain of crimes leading to the most powerful figures in the country—cold-bloodedly efficient and frighteningly influential enemies who can make anyone who gets in their way disappear.


A Carrion Death
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5 / 5
A Carrion Death.
August 21st, 2015
Great Botswanan Detective mystery! A corpse dumped near a water hole in an isolated game reserve leads to a series of baffling murders. Great plot with surprising twists and a totally unexpected conclusion. Loved the characters - Inspector Kubu - "Kubu" means hippopotamus in Tswana - of gigantic girth and an amateur Opera singer in his police jeep, is both lovable and smart. Found the insights into African culture illuminating and the insights into the Botswanan way of life intriguing. Evey bit as good - if not better- than McCall-Smiths "Number 1 Ladies Detective Agency"! Highly recommended!
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