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The Honey Guide by Richard Crompton

The Honey Guide

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Longlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year 2014.

One of our Books of the Year 2013.

With sharply plotted storylines and interesting locations ex BBC journalist Richard Crompton’s debut novel, described as Alexander McCall Smith meets Ian Rankin, has some real appeal. It is the first in a powerful crime series featuring the engaging and unforgettable hero, Mollel, a former Maasai warrior turned police detective. Set against the backdrop of the turbulent 2007 elections in Kenya in a country where corruption, exploitation and ethnic rivalry are part of everyday life The Honey Guide brings Nairobi and its people vividly to life. It captures the spirit and energy of a city poised on the brink of change. Can Mollel every truly find justice for one poor girl who trusted the wrong people? This is an accomplished crime thriller, with a new character, Mollel, who will do for Nairobi what Ian Rankin’s Rebus did for Edinburgh.

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The Honey Guide by Richard Crompton

Meet Mollel, a former Maasai warrior whose beloved wife died in the bombing of the US embassy in Nairobi. Mollel has been assigned to the investigation of the brutal murder of a local prostitute. Despite the resistance of his colleagues, Mollel soon begins to uncover something more far-reaching. But are his warrior's instincts, which have always served him so well, correct? Or will his convictions about the case be turned on their head? The investigation will become more personal to him than he could have possibly imagined...Set against the backdrop of turbulent elections, THE HONEY GUIDE brings Nairobi and its citizens vividly to life, and introduces a truly unforgettable leading character in crime fiction.


Crompton's thrilling African mystery is accomplished, atmospheric, and engrossing. * THE GOOD BOOK GUIDE * a highly compelling crime story... The characterisation is particularly strong and the plot manages to be believable while still offering a few subtle twists. Some of the writing is outstanding. Once scene, in which Mollel and his partner talk while going up in a lift, their conversation unfolding floor by floor, is as good as anything I have read in crime fiction... A fine and very welcome new additional to the ranks of international crime novels and I am very much looking forward to the next in the series. -- Scott Pack * * A disturbingly informative debut novel from this former BBC journalist who also won the Daily Telegraph 2010 short story award * TELEGRAPH & ARGUS (BRADFORD) * Richard Crompton's accomplished debut novel...spins an enjoyable yarn headed up by a credible protagonist. A fine debut that holds the promise of other good adventures to come -- Fachtna Kelly * SUNDAY BUSINESS POST * GOING BACK is a captivating book that many will relate to... As first-time novels go, we commend English on her keen observation of Ireland through the decades and accentuating this to bring us a clever plot that dabbles between the eras. Now that it comes in paperback, we recommend this one to go along in the suitcase as it's a perfect poolside read. * IRISH COUNTRY LIVING * Outstanding * GUARDIAN * Smashing . . . It will make you long for the next instalment * FINANCIAL TIMES * [Crompton] has done something near-miraculous and madethe figure of the incorruptible loner-detective fresh again * DAILY TELEGRAPH * A compulsive whodunnit set in Kenya, where tribal politicscan get you killed -- Ian Rankin * MAIL ON SUNDAY *

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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4th July 2013


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Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co


320 pages


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