Sunday, April 20, 2008

A CARRION DEATH – an informational message from the Original 2AFRIKA, INC. Founder & President, Kenneth R. Hieber


Prior to my ANOTHER COUNTRY – THROUGH MY EYES podcast with my special guests Stanley Trollip and Michael Sears, the co-authors of A CARRION DEATH, I received a note from Stanley revealing the ‘next’ episode, and I quote . . .

"Hi Ken:

Just thought I'd tell you a story of good luck. Michael and I recently returned from Botswana, where we were doing research for our next book (it's called The Second Death of Goodluck Tinubu). It's about the gruesome murder of a gentle teacher (Goodluck Tinubu) at a fictitious tourist camp (Jackalberry Camp) in the Linyanti. We felt we need to visit the Linyanti to ensure our description of the camp was accurate.

With some friends we drove down the Chobe from Kasane, camping on the way - hundreds of elephant and thousands of buffalo made the trip even better. When we arrived at the Linyanti, we stood on the bank and gazed out over the water and reeds. We were delighted! We had described the area perfectly.

Then Michael asked our friend, who has lived and worked in Botswana for decades, "Now where is a jackalberry tree? We need one for our camp." Needless to say neither Michael nor I knew what one looked like. Salome laughed out loud. She pointed up. We were standing under the most gorgeous specimen. So, as luck would have it, we were at a spot that we had described almost exactly in our book. I can't tell you how excited I am, with the launch of A CARRION DEATH only weeks away."

Published by HarperCollins, A CARRION DEATH is now available at your local bookstore or online – get a copy – it sets the mood for your visit to Botswana!

Also, as your time permits, do listen to ANOTHER COUNTRY – THROUGH MY EYES. You’ll immediately feel the passion that these friends have for Botswana and her people. A worthwhile read indeed. Additionally, visit Detective Kubu by clicking this link, to learn more.

Detective David “Kubu” Bengu is an Assistant Superintendent in the Botswana Criminal Investigation Department. He makes his debut in A CARRION DEATH – Michael Stanley’s first novel.

Kubu is a very large man, which gives rise to his nickname. “Kubu” is Setswana for hippopotamus. Like his namesake, Kubu is slow to be moved to anger, but not someone to be crossed. Happily married, with a sly sense of humor and a passion for food and wine, Kubu is proud of his country and determined to maintain its role as the model African nation – democratic, stable, and rich. But there are people who want to plunder those riches; people who threaten the stability of the country itself. It’s Kubu’s responsibility to bring them to justice.

Michael Stanley is the writing team of Michael Sears and Stanley Trollip, two South African-born friends who have traveled frequently to the magnificent Botswana wilderness.

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