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A Darkening Stain (Bruce Medway #4)
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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I started to read "Alex Cross" by James Patterson (my first book of his) and had to pause halfway through such a bland, unbelievable, formulaic effort to find a better book. I'd already read the first three "Bruce Medway" novels and overall found them exotic, deeply coloured by the author's African experience, full of interesting characters, dark, humorous and page-turning. I can't rank it as "amazing" (what is?) but I found it to be a thoroughly enjoyable read by a top class author and recommen ...more
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
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 ...more
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.
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 ...moreMore about Robert Wilson...
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