A Carrion Death: Introducing Detective Kubu (Compact Disc)

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By Michael Stanley, Simon Prebble (Narrated by)
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Assistant Superintendent David “Kubu” Bengu of the Botswana police is a big likeable fellow, devoted to his wife, thankful for the chances in life that led him to college and a passion for opera.   Detectives in Botswana have a few challenges our cops do not face, such as having the body of the victim dined on by the local animals leaving nothing but some bones behind.  This is the situation when Kubu is sent to Dale’s Camp out in the back of beyond where ranger Andries Botha and Dr. Sibisi Bongi discovered what was left of someone, probably a murder victim and possibly a white man adding more complications.  Kubu will have other issues to contend with as the story takes us to the hand over of power in one of the country’s more powerful companies involved in diamond mining.  If you read the Number One Ladies Detective series by Alexander McCall Smith, I suspect you will find much to enjoy in this series featuring Kubu.  

— Deon Stonehouse


Smashed skull, snapped ribs, and a cloying smell of carrion. Leave the body for the hyenas to devour-no body, no case. But when Kalahari game rangers stumble on a human corpse midmeal, it turns out the murder wasn't perfect after all. Enough evidence is left to suggest foul play. Detective David "Kubu" Bengu of the Botswana Criminal Investigation Department is assigned to the case. The detective's personality and physique match his moniker. The nickname "Kubu" is Setswana for "hippopotamus"-a seemingly docile creature, but one of the deadliest on the continent. Beneath Kubu's pleasant surface lies the same unwavering resolve that makes the hippopotamus so deceptively dangerous. Both will trample everything in their path to reach an objective. From the sun-baked riverbeds of the Kalahari to the highest offices of an international conglomerate, Kubu follows a blood-soaked trail in search of answers. Beneath a mountain of lies and superstitions, he uncovers a chain of crimes leading to the most powerful figures in the country-influential enemies who will kill anyone in their way. A memorable detective makes his debut in this gritty, mesmerizing thriller. Set amid the beauty and darkness of contemporary Africa, A Carrion Death is the first entry in an evocative new series cutting to the heart of today's Botswana-a modern democracy threatened by unstable neighbors, poachers, and diamond smugglers. Those trying to expose the corrupt ringleaders will find themselves fighting for their lives.

About the Author

Michael Stanley is the writing team of Johannesburg natives Michael Sears and Stanley Trollip. The pair has had many adventures together, including tracking lions at night and fighting bush fires on the Savuti plains in northern Botswana.

One of "AudioFile" magazine's Golden Voices, Simon Prebble has received over twenty Earphones Awards and five Listen-Up Awards, and he has been a finalist fourteen times for an Audie Award. In 2006, "Publishers Weekly" named him Narrator of the Year, and he was named "Booklist"'s 2010 Voice of Choice.

Praise For…

"Prebble is outstanding; his accents are spot on." ---Library Journal Starred Audio Review

Product Details
ISBN: 9781400137886
ISBN-10: 1400137888
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Publication Date: August 1st, 2008
Language: English
Series: Detective Kubu Mysteries (Audio)