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The Big Killing: A Bruce Medway Mystery (The Bruce Medway Mysteries) by [Robert Wilson]

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"A narrative distilled from pure protein: potent, fiercely imagined and not a little frightening."-Literary Review (UK)
"A witty, fast-moving, and picaresque tale . . . peopled by
deliciously shady characters."-Nelson DeMille

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Even though it was published in the U.K. in 1996, Wilson's second Bruce Medway West African mystery seems particularly timely: at the start, Medway sits in a bar in the Ivory Coast and reads the latest details of a rebel-led war in neighboring Liberia. Those rebels have something to do with a series of murders, beatings, robberies and other assorted acts of mayhem that dog the resilient, alcohol-soaked Englishman as he tries to stay alive. "I do jobs for people who don't want to do the jobs themselves," Medway explains to a very large porno dealer, Fat Paul, who hires him to deliver a video and soon becomes one of the many violated corpses in Bruce's wake. Best known for his Gold Dagger-winning A Small Death in Lisbon, Wilson writes concisely but poetically about a callously brutal side of African life that might shock readers lulled by the sweetness of Alexander McCall Smith's stories about Botswana. But Medway's bloody misadventures, as he tries to protect a pampered diamond dealer from having his stones and his body parts ripped off by corrupt police and other villains, ring with a dark, sad credibility of their own. And Wilson also pulls off the surprising feat of making us see just what it is about life in West Africa that keeps Medway from giving it up to return to England or to follow his lost lover to Berlin.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.
--This text refers to the paperback edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B003WJQ6UY
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Mariner Books; First edition (November 3, 2003)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ November 3, 2003
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 1929 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 339 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
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