The New Yorker: "Sherez keeps ratcheting up the action in this masterly thriller..."
Date: Jun 4 2013
When Jack Carrigan, a mercurial police inspector, is sent to investigate the sadistic murder of a young Ugandan woman in her West London apartment, he senses "how the past could come crashing up against the substrate of your consciousness like some unstoppable thing." Years earlier, as a postgraduate student, he travelled to Kampula and had a run-in with armed forces that ended in tragedy. Now, teamed up with a bright female detective (who has been ordered to spy on him for their mutual boss), Jack enters a world of atrocities wrought by East African warlords. "Where do we fit in between one madman armed with the ten commandments and a machete and another armed with U.N. resolutions?" one emigre asks. Sherez keeps ratcheting up the action in this masterly thriller, which, with its complicated and compelling detective duo, sets the stage for a sequel.