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A Darkening Stain (Bruce Medway #4)

3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  168 ratings  ·  9 reviews
When schoolgirls begin to disappear on the West African coast, "troubleshooter" Bruce Medway tries to remain detached. Meanwhile, he reluctantly acquires a new job from former nemesis and mafia capo Franconelli. Franconelli gives Bruce forty-eight hours to find a French trader, Mariner, whom not even the mafia has been able to track. Yet as Bruce sets out on his assignment ...more
Paperback, 287 pages
Published July 5th 2004 by Harcourt (first published 1997)
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Bruce Medway is a British private investigator living in Cotonou, Benin in West Africa on the Gulf of Guinea. Life is cheap here and brutality a part of everyday life. When young schoolgirls start to disappear, Medway tries at first to remain uninvolved, but when the nine year-old daughter of his best friend and former partner becomes one of the victims, he tries to uncover what is going on and recover his friend’s daughter. He finds corruption at every turn and is himself soon entangled with th ...more
Kenneth Fredette
This was a really good read. Bagado's little girl was kidnapped and was going to be sold into a certain death. There were other plots going such as gold being sold. I'm happy with the outcome.
Manuel Antão


My first Bruce Medway novel.

It follows the queasy moral sense and impeccable scene-setting of such notable predecessors as Graham Greene and Eric Ambler.
Wilson continues to confound expectations, and strenuously resists categorization in any easy fashion. The setting in this book is much different than everything else I've read from him. Also the way the tale is told make it altogether a much grimmer kind of story.
We're not in Agatha Christie territory (whodunits and cozy mysteries with knitting
Sue Jacob
I'm a big fan of Wilson's mysteries -- this one, unlike some of his earlier work, takes place in Africa. Like a Small Death in Lisbon, Blind Man of Seville and others, his novels have a strong sense of place and history so that in addition to having a chance to read a good mystery/thriller, I also feel I travel in time and space.
Jan 26, 2009 Daniel added it
french west africa is a good place to set your thriller/crime novels because it's perfectly plausible that people there actually do die at the excessive rate demanded by your publishers.
Set in Equatorial Africa, its depressing opening was not engaging; I read maybe 15% before giving up. I like his other books but not this one. Read The Poisonwood Bible instead.
Charlotte Osborn-bensaada
Incredibly dark mystery novels set in west Africa. Writing in taunt and vivid. Hard to imagine a more evil set of characters than those in Robert Wilson's Bruce Medway series.
Peter Kavanagh
The final novel in a powerful series. Searing and dark and yet highly entertaining. If you are thinking of reading this series, do it. Great stuff.
Blood, violent, full of twists and turns. Not really credible, but some of the characters make sense despite their amorality.
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Robert Wilson has written thirteen novels including the Bruce Medway noir series set in West Africa and two Lisbon books with WW2 settings the first of which, A Small Death in Lisbon, won the CWA Gold Dagger in 1999 and the International Deutsche Krimi prize in 2003. He has written four psychological crime novels set in Seville, with his Spanish detective, Javier Falcón. Two of these books (The Bl ...more
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