Death of the Mantis

Death of the Mantis

A Detective Kubu Mystery

Book - 2011 | 1st ed.
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"In the southern Kalahari area of Botswana-an arid landscape of legends that speak of lost cities, hidden wealth, and ancient gods-a fractious ranger named Monzo is found dying from a severe head wound in a dry ravine. Three Bushmen surround the doomed man, but are they his killers or there to help? Detective David Kubu Bengu is on the case, an investigation that his old school friend Khumanego claims is motivated by racist antagonism on the part of the local police. But when a second bizarre murder, and then a third, seem to point also to the nomadic tribe, the intrepid Kubu must journey into the depths of the Kalahari to uncover the truth. What he discovers there will test all his powers of detection ... and his ability to remain alive"-- Cover verso.
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, c2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780062000378
Characteristics: xiv, 430 p. : map ; 21 cm.


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Apr 30, 2019

Very nice book. Worth reading. Nicely done detective story with an unusual but good ending. I enjoyed reading about the Kalahari desert and the Bushmen. Echoes of travails of indigenous peoples whether in Canada or in Africa. Writing is somewhat simple but effective none the less.

Feb 25, 2013

slow-paced, thoughtful, and quite complex.... I learned a lot about Bushmen and that part of Africa.

shannon40 Jul 12, 2012

This is the third book in the Detective Kubu series, and the best so far.

wrbrand Nov 07, 2011

This book was a true mystery. The lead detective "Kubu" shows restraint, imagination, patience, and great respect for the human condition. Although a large man, and somewhat overweight, he comes across more humble than overbearing. The narrative made it possible to feel the heat, the sand, and the magic of the Kalahari Desert.


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