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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Sarah Crichton Books; First Edition edition (May 7, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374171998
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374171995
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #724,440 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A young Nairobi prostitute is found murdered, her body mutilated. The case falls to Detective Sergeant Mollel. The gaunt Mollel, seemingly an ascetic, was once a Maasai warrior, and his stretched earlobes brand his ethnicity in a city in which politics are literally tribal. Following leads and theories, Mollel and his partner, Kiunga, move almost ceaselessly through the city of 10 million and come to recognize that two of Nairobi’s most important people may be implicated in the crime. But a heated national election that has stirred tribal rivalries threatens to set Nairobi aflame. Crompton, a former BBC journalist, lives in Nairobi, and the election he describes (2007) was a real one. His debut novel combines a sinuous plot, a wonderfully complex and tragic protagonist, and a remarkable portrait of a city that is simultaneously exotic yet familiar (e.g., a murder victim who might have suffered female circumcision, modern office towers surrounded by an ocean of corrugated metal shacks, and a megachurch minister who slickly televises his Sunday services). All fans of international crime fiction will want to follow Mollel through Nairobi’s mean streets. --Thomas Gaughan

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“A spectacular fiction debut . . . Instantly elevates the author, now a Nairobi resident, to the first rank of African crime writers.” —Publishers Weekly [starred review]

 

“[Hour of the Red God] combines a sinuous plot, a wonderfully complex and tragic protagonist, and a remarkable portrait of a city that is simultaneously exotic yet familiar . . . All fans of international crime fiction will want to follow Mollel through Nairobi’s mean streets.” —Booklist

 

“Former BBC journalist Crompton’s debut features a unique voice, an in-depth look at diverse Kenyan rites and political chicanery, and a hero who, one hopes, is just at the beginning of his fictional career.” —Kirkus Reviews

 

“[Hour of the Red God] is not the first mystery novel to be set in Kenya, but it must be the first in which the cop hero is a Masai warrior . . . Mollel, whose wife was killed in the 1990 bombing of the U.S. embassy in Nairobi, investigates the brutal murder of a prostitute. He is drawn into nasty local politics and corruption as Kenya holds its 2007 general elections and faces the violence that follows. National events and Mollel’s family problems are blended into a good plot and an interesting cast of characters.” —The Times (London)

“In Richard Crompton’s hands, Nairobi makes for an exotic and exciting setting, a multilayered city pulsing with intriguing chaos. It’s the characters, though—especially the steadfast and scarred Mollel—and the hope and fear the city’s people experience and inspire, that elevate Hour of the Red God and keep you turning the pages, full of hope and fear of your own.” —Bill Loehfelm, author of The Devil She Knows


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I look forward to more of Mollel.
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"The Honey Guide" by Richard Crompton was recommended to me by my local book store and was a pleasant surprise.
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The characterization is fascinating.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Keris Nine TOP 500 REVIEWER on March 18, 2013
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There are now any number of crime and detective series, many of them set in far-flung locations, each of them laying claim to be the exotic equivalent of what Ian Rankin's Rebus novels are to Edinburgh. The best ones - such as the Saudi Arabian setting for Zoe Ferraris' DI Osama Ibrahim novels - make good use of their locations for more than just exoticism and local colour, but manage to create an association between the nature of the incidence of the crimes and the actual culture, traditions and history of the people and the region they are set in. The first of a series of crime novels featuring Maasai detective Mollel, Richard Crompton's The Honey Guide/Hour of the Red God is very specific in its Nairobi setting and period, tying one particular crime very closely in with the ethnic tensions and political unrest that follows in the wake of Kenya's rigged 2007 elections.

Mollel's investigation of the killing and mutilation of a young Nairobi prostitute then doesn't exactly follow the normal crime procedural lines. That's not so much to do with failings in criminal science methods, forensics or lines of communication - although inevitably, things realistically take a little longer than they would in a European or American setting - as much as the difficulties Mollel faces when confronted with class and tribal divisions, particularly as there are suggestions that the mutilation of the woman could be associated with a nasty tribal ritual still carried out in some regions.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Aviott John on March 12, 2013
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Mollel. A Maasai policeman. In Nairobi, Kenya. This novel's highly unusual and distinctive milieu is obviously well known and researched. And unlike Alexander McCall Smith's best selling stories about Precious Ramotswe set in Gabarone, Botswana, there's not a hint of the patronizing in the author's attitude to his hard bitten, honest cop in a tough, corrupt neighbourhood. I look forward to more of Mollel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Uptown Girl on August 26, 2013
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Gripping--I couldn't put it down, and neither could my 60 year old mom, who read it in one sitting. Vivid descriptions of the bleak underbelly of Nairobi life (slums, prostitution,homeless street boys, terrorism), but a spark of hope is maintained in Mollel's dogged pursuit of justice.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Martha P. Makel on August 18, 2013
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The story of a woman's murder and the detective who is trying to solve it is more compelling due to the social and tribal structure in Kenya and the unrest just before, during and after the election. I really enjoyed the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ChristophFischerBooks TOP 500 REVIEWER on March 8, 2013
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"The Honey Guide" by Richard Crompton was recommended to me by my local book store and was a pleasant surprise.
Not only is this a great crime story with enough suspense and twists to keep you turn the pages, it has also a lot of other ingredients that make it worth a read.
The murder of a prostitute in Kenya is being investigated by a Massai warrior police man. The timing is Christmas 2007 just before the national elections whose alleged rigged results caused a wave of fierce violence.
The setting allows us great insight into Kenyan culture from many angles and adds an informative and intriguing edge to this great book.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie Brody TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 15, 2013
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The Honey Guide by Richard Crompton takes place in Nairobi, Kenya in late December 2007 during the corrupt election for a new president. I was especially interested in this book as I was in Nairobi at the exact time that the novel takes place. I was not able to leave my hotel because of the gun fire in the streets and the general chaos but I knew what was going on. Interestingly, so many Kenyans came up to me and asked me if I thought that Obama had a chance of winning. They were so invested in having him as president of the United States.

The novel is about a Maasai police detective named Mollel. He was once a homicide detective but was moved to traffic after a nervous breakdown that he had after his wife's death. He is definitely a man with a past. Because he was a whistle blower in the police department and a minority (most of the police force is Kikuyu), the chief is wary about dismissing him, knowing that the department would get bad press. Additionally, during the bombing of the British Embassy several years before, Mollel was a hero. His wife was inside the building and he took out body after body from the rubble looking for her. She was never found.

Recently, the body of a Maasai prostitute named Lucy is found in a storm drain in Uhuru Park. She is badly mutilated in her genital area and the chief asks Mollel to investigate her death. He is assisted by a young Kikuyu officer named Kiunga. Together, they search for the killer during a time when tribal tensions are high because of the election. There is rage in the streets and Nairobi is an unsafe place to be. Mollel is called 'Maasai' by his colleagues and no one uses his first name.
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