This book starts by setting the pace with known crimes in Kenya.
Though it uses different characters, not real names, the reader is captured and transported into what might have transpired in Mercy Keino’s murder case, the Westgate terrorist attacks and hostage crisis, and the Garissa University students massacre.
There are other crime stories in other parts of the world that the book aptly fictionalizes.
Alexander Nderitu’s thorough research and good phrasing capture the reader’s imagination providing a fresh look into issues. He is not afraid to deal with hot potato subjects such as tribalism at work, overarching spying by the government, corruption at the borders, sex inside newsrooms, hypocrisy of the clergy, and prostitution.
A playwright by profession, it is easy for him to think up things, to make-believe.
As an established poet, some paragraphs can’t help but flow in an enjoyable weaving of web of words.
The author of Disco Matanga doesn’t fail short of his storytelling prowess. It is drama after unexpected drama, and this sets the author apart.
I particularly, (also) enjoyed The Foreigner, the story of a former Tanzania supermodel who was married to a rich Muslim guy, the spy thrill in it, is worthy. However, it doesn’t defeat the roller-coaster ride of corruption, and hypocrisy in the church captured under the story Thots and Prayers. Marvelous.
I recommend one starts with these two stories. You wouldn’t wanna put this book down.
This book is also an unputdownable masterpiece, that also celebrates the back story of how Karura Forest was saved. The life of Nobel Laureate Wangari Maathai in brief.
Alexander Nderitu can make everyday events seem personal. His choice of phrases and mastery of places transports the reader to the plot. One becomes one with characters.
A Body Made for Sin came third in the 2022 Share Africa Climate Fiction Awards.
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