Reapers-Frederick Ramsay

Reapers

Frederick Ramsay

Poisoned Pen, Dec 1 2010, $24.95

ISBN 9781590588062

The corpse is found in Botswana’s Chobe National Park.  The cause of death for the male victim was a gunshot. Chobe National Park game ranger Sanderson and police officer Kgabo Modise team up to investigate the homicide.

Sanderson’s mind is not on the case as her son is dying of pneumonia caused by AIDS.  On the other hand, Modise is euphoric about the opportunity to use his FBI trained skills.  He knows he is expendable to work this case as his superiors are more focused on the World Cup overflow from host South Africa that could lead to a crime wave especially smuggling.

Closer in tone to Michael Stanley’s tales of police detective David “Kubu” Bengu (see A Carrion Death) than Alexander McCall Smith’s No. 1 Ladies’ Detective (see The Double Comfort safari Club), Reapers is a strong Botswana police procedural (see Predators).  The story line is action-packed as Sanderson and Modise investigate the Chobe National park homicide while much of the police and the country are focused on the World Cup hosted by their neighbor.  Although the Russian gangsters seem out of place, readers will relish this strong whodunit with insight into the save the continent “Orgonize Africa” movement based on questionable science.

Harriet Klausner

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