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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A first novel saturated with local color…[Audiences] may be lured to Africa by the landscape, but it takes a great character like Kubu to win our loyalty.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “More smart than bloody…A marvelous debut.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Intricate plotting, a grisly sense of realism, and numerous topical motifs…make this a compulsively readable novel.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Prebble is outstanding; his accents are spot on.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Dpolonczyk | 3/18/2011

    " Really a good read kept me interested the who time "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Marie | 3/13/2011

    " A good read, and interesting local... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Ellen | 1/21/2011

    " Thoroughly enjoyed meeting Detective Kubu. Complicated case, and whenever I thought I knew who was the perp there'd be a new discovery or a new bad guy. Lots of them in this well-done story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by June | 12/28/2010

    " It was slow reading to start but it did get better and better. The end of the book was very good. "

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