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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Adrian McKinty Narrator: Gerard Doyle Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2014 ISBN: 9781483016146
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Colonial New Guinea, 1906. A small group of mostly German nudists live an extreme back-to-nature existence on the remote island of Kabakon. Eating only coconuts and bananas, they purport to worship the sun. One of their members, Max Lutzow, has recently died, allegedly from malaria. But an autopsy on his body in the nearby capital of Herbertshöhe raises suspicions about foul play.

Retired British military police officer Will Prior is recruited to investigate the circumstances of Lutzow’s death. At first, the eccentric group seems friendly and willing to cooperate with the investigation. They all insist that Lutzow died of malaria. Despite lack of evidence for a murder, Prior is convinced the group is hiding something.

Things come to a head during a late-night feast supposedly given as a send-off for the visitors before they return to Herbertshöhe. Prior fears the intent of the “celebration” is not to fete the visitors—but to make them the latest murder victims.

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  • “McKinty’s gift for storytelling is evident as he creates a society that lives entirely on coconuts and bananas and rejects procreation even as their numbers are dwindling. Set in 1906 and based on a true story, his fascinating tale is rich in detail, and there’s a most unexpected hero.”

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  • “The characters and setting are phantasmagorical. Prior is one of McKinty’s compelling, conflicted heroes: a sane man in an insane world. Gerard Doyle, whose narration of McKinty’s magnificent Troubles trilogy set the standard for Irish audiobook mysteries, does a good job with the German, Melanesian, and English people who populate McKinty’s departure from Ireland. Doyle’s performance is always clear and well-paced…A good ride in a memorable location.”

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  • “In the early twentieth century, British lieutenant Will Prior is so traumatized by an inadvertent massacre at a South African prison camp, an incident for which he is highly decorated, that he plots his way out of the army and travels to New Guinea. Here, his military police service behind him, he lives contentedly with his servant girl. Then, in 1906, he’s asked to investigate a curious death on the nearby island of Kabakon, populated by the Cocoivores, a small group of Western followers of August Engelhardt, who worships the sun by going naked and eating only coconuts…That the story of the Cocoivores is true makes it all the more fascinating and an intriguing frame for this entertaining and unusual historical mystery.”

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About the Author

Adrian McKinty was born in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland, and studied at Oxford University. He is the author of several series of mystery, detective, and crime fiction as well as young adult novels. His works have been short-listed for the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award, the Theakston Award, the Young Hoosier Award and been selected for Publishers Weekly’s Best Novel of the Year list. In 2014 In the Morning I’ll Be Gone won the Ned Kelly Award for Best Fiction. The Dead Yard was selected as one of the twelve best novels of the year by Publishers Weekly. The final novel in the Dead trilogy, The Bloomsday Dead, was long-listed for the 2009 World Book Day Award. In 2011 Falling Glass was an Audible.com Best Thriller.

About the Narrator

Gerard Doyle was born of Irish parents and raised in Hertfordshire, England. In Great Britain he has enjoyed an extensive career in both television and repertory theater and toured nationally and internationally with the English Shakespeare Company. He has appeared in London’s West End in the gritty musical The Hired Man. In America he has appeared on Broadway in The Weir and on television in New York Undercover and Law & Order. A seasoned narrator of audiobooks, he has been awarded eleven AudioFile Earphones Awards and in 2006 won the prestigious Audie Award for his reading of Blackstone’s recording of The Dead Yard by Adrian McKinty. He lives with his wife and two children in Sag Harbor, New York.