19 November 2010
Review: BAIT, Nick Brownlee
Source: bought by me and read on my Kindle
Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books, July 2009
ISBN: 978-0-312-55021-9, ISBN10: 0-312-55021-9,
Ex-Scotland Yard cop Jake Moore’s career was cut short by a bullet; ten years later, he runs a game fishing business that is about to go broke. But old habits die hard, and when cerebral Mombasa detective Daniel Jouma—seemingly the only good policeman in a city where corruption is king—asks for his help in solving a baffling murder case, the two men find themselves drawn into a deadly conspiracy involving local hoodlums, murderous ex-pats, and a mysterious and psychopathic kingpin who presides over a sickening trade in innocent human life.
I picked up BAIT because I needed a crime fiction novel set in Africa for my 20th title in the 2010 Global Reading Challenge. And it fitted my requirements very well. I must admit until I read BAIT my idea of where Kenya was was very hazy indeed. (I didn't even realise it had a coastline!)
In Jake Moore, ex Scotland Yard Flying Squad, and Daniel Jouma, Nick Brownlee has created a very attractive duo. The main story is told at a cracking pace and for the most part quite believable. There were a couple of bits that were a bit predictable, but very readable.
My rating: 4.3
Nick Brownlee was a published non-fiction author with numerous titles to his name by the time BAIT was published.
SeriesJake and Jouma
1. Bait (2008)
2. Burn (2009)
aka Blood and Fire
3. Machete (2010)
4. Snakepit (2010)
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