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Hell's Gate by Richard Crompton
  

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An African Kenyan-based police novel. It is the second outing for former Maasai Warrior Mollel who has a strange and volatile brother. In book one they leave the reservation to make good in the city. Mollel becomes a policeman with a strict sense of honesty and doing what is ‘right’. He is used to go undercover to expose a serious racket. Involving poaching, the Chinese, huge sums of money and corruption, it is full of local colour.

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The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. After annoying his superiors in the Nairobi police force with his unconventional and uncompromising detective work, former Maasai warrior Mollel finds himself posted to Hell – Maili Ishirini, a neglected little town on the edge of the dramatic national park, Hell’s Gate. Once again struggling to gain acceptance as an outsider thrust into a close-knit community, Mollel discovers undercurrents of tension beneath the town’s quiet surface, and a web of corruption and deceit is uncovered. Fast-paced, elegantly written and beautifully plotted.
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Synopsis

Hell's Gate by Richard Crompton

Reviews

'[Crompton] has done something near-miraculous and made the figure of the incorruptible loner-detective fresh again.' -- Jake Kerridge THE DAILY TELEGRAPH

'Can Richard Crompton repeat the excellence of last year's The Honey Guide, his first novel? Few would have considered a Masai warrior turned Kenyan detective as a hugely attractive crime fiction hero. But in Hell's Gate Crompton does it again... Mollel tackles a variety of crimes, including corruption and murder, with a beguiling blend of moroseness, honesty, confusion and astute wisdom' -- Marcel Berlins THE TIMES

'Hell's Gate is the second of [Crompton's] novels set in Kenya, and is every bit as good as The Honey Guide... Crompton writes with ease about traditional customs and the impact on Kenya of globalisation, creating a vivid portrait of a country struggling to come to terms with modernity' -- Joan Smith THE SUNDAY TIMES

'Richard Crompton's second novel is a clever and frequently thrilling read... If Nordic noir is joined by its African equivalent at the top of the bestseller charts it may well be due to the reading public discovering Richard Crompton to be one of the most gifted crime writers of his generation.' SHOTS

'Crompton very much delivers on the promise of his debut, The Honey Guide. This is an excellent police procedural which satisfies everything demanded of the genre... There are plenty of plot twists, and in Mollel we have a compelling protagonist... But what really elevates the book is Crompton's experience as a journalist. He is able to bring depth to the story by examining the difference between the law and justice, not just in everyday Kenyan life, but in international politics and in the way that globalism has not just brought wealth to the poorer countries but also suffering. In short, Hell's Gate is both entertaining and thought-provoking.' CRIMEFICTIONLOVER.COM

About the Author

Richard Crompton

Richard Crompton is an ex-BBC journalist who moved to East Africa several years ago with his wife, a human rights lawyer who worked on the Rwanda genocide trials. Richard won the DAILY TELEGRAPH SHORT STORY AWARD in 2010.

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Publication date

26th February 2015

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Richard Crompton

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Publisher

Weidenfeld & Nicolson an imprint of Orion Publishing Co

Format

Paperback
256 pages

Categories

Crime / Mystery
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ISBN

9781780222738

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