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Making Wolf

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  118 ratings  ·  31 reviews
A gritty thriller set in modern-day Nigeria
Weston Kogi, a police officer in a supermarket in London, returns to his home in West Africa for his aunt’s funeral. After catching up with his family, his ex-girlfriend Nana, and an old schoolmate over good food and plenty of beer, it seems like a bit of harmless hyperbole to tell people he works as a homicide detective. But w
Hardcover, 270 pages
Published September 21st 2015 by Rosarium Publishing (first published September 1st 2015)
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Apr 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A scintillating and particularly brutal African Noir from Tade Thompson, lyrical, beautifully written, thought provoking, full of black humour but not really for the faint hearted. Set in the fictitious West African civil war torn country, the Yoruba dominated Alcacia, a version of Nigeria, where murder, killing and brutality is an everyday affair in the never ending civil war, life is cheap, the beggars with their self inflicting wounds and amputations, hypocrisy, corruption and bribery rife, t ...more
K.J. Charles
This is brilliantly written and completely compelling--detective novel set in a collapsing African state, with incredible atmosphere and build up--but it's just too much for me right now. Extremely violent and frankly I can't take the tension. 100% "it's not you it's me" because it's one of the best written thrillers I've read in forever, and I really want to keep reading even while I can't. Can you read a book while hiding behind the sofa? I sort of need to do that.
The Tattooed Book Geek (Drew).
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Weston Kogi left Alcacia a former colony and now independent Yoruba-dominated fictional West African country fifteen years ago. Kogi was a teenager and left for London on one of the last planes to leave the capital, Ede City as the airport was under attack and bombs were going off, blood was being spilt, people were dying, riots were breaking out and civil unrest and war were spreading throug
Apr 28, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 🌟

The book gripped me initially as it was interesting watching a native that had been westernized adjust back to his home country and see the sheer atrocities that he may have taken for normality if he had stayed there. The story was promising and it did deliver up until a point. There were some sections that were unnecessary and didn't add anything to story line itself. There were several of these which led to my attention waning. I did enjoy the character development of Weston and it was in
David Harris
May 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm grateful to the publisher for an advance copy of Making Wolf to consider for review.

If you have read Thompson's Rosewater trilogy you'll know that he should be seriously rated as a fiction writer but you may expect to only find him writing SFF. However with Making Wolf he's brought some of the same sensibility to the crime/ thriller genre - albeit a great deal more gore!

Making Wolf is a homeconing for Weston Kogi, a young man who left - fled - the West African state of Alcacia some fifteen y
Oct 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Weston Kogi comes back to Alcacia, the Yoruba-dominated nation he left during the civil war that tore it apart. He means only to attend the funeral of his aunt, and to leave soon afterwards--flash around his money, boast about his job in the Metropolitan Police in London, and generally have a good time. But his ex-school buddy bully Church, now a member of the People's Liberation Army, has other ideas: Weston is the perfect person to investigate the murder of a local hero who was trying to media ...more
Rachel Bridgeman
Jun 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: june-20
Weston last saw Alcacia as a child, fleeing a-fictional-Nigerian state deeply entrenched in corruption, deceipt and death.

Death brings him back once more, to do his familial duty to the aunt who set him free, who saved for him and his sister to get to London before they could become a part of a system that turns men into killers and women into bargaining chips.

Grumbling from the start that it should have been his sister taking this journey, he does something small,seemingly  insignificant and wh
Sep 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Great western African set mystery thriller. Action is great, quite graphic in scenes. Love the setting. The writing is great and the well placed humour really works well.
Dawn C
Aug 03, 2020 rated it liked it
This novel was recognizably Tade Thompson, though I prefer his scifi trilogy Rosewater. This was more of a straightforward crime thriller, not my usual preference. I wasn’t really able to get invested in the actual case, nor were the characters particularly interesting. However I loved the setting of modern day Nigeria and the culture, history and politics I could glean from this.
May 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very great start to what I hope becomes a new crime series. A fascinating yet ambiguous lead character in a . Compelling noir location with some wonderfully tight plotting and exploration of a new country

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Jun 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Bleak, sick, gritty, action-packed-- an award-winning neo-noir detective thriller taking place in a vague Yoruba-dominated nation that, despite the schlocky CGI cover, feels highly realistic and adult. Along with familiar themes of violence, depravity, and shock, also addresses themes of colonialism, corruption, Western involvement, and immigrant guilt (and, if you want to get literary, some underhanded symbolism of cultural dominance, castration, insecurity, and impotence, all cleverly played). ...more
Apr 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Making Wolf by Tade Thompson was a gritty, dark and suspenseful African noir novel that I couldn't put down. It's about how one man's lie can cause them to get entrapped in a web of lies, corruption and violence. ⁣⁣
The story is set in a fictionalized Nigeria known as Alacia. This is a place where violence and murder are the norm, bribery and corruption continues to escalate leading to a spiral of lies and chaos.

"Nobody ever welcomed you to Ede City; they just informed you that you had arrived
My thanks to Little, Brown Book Group - Constable for an eARC via NetGalley of ‘Making Wolf’ by Tade Thompson in exchange for an honest review. It was Thompson’s first novel and originally published in the USA in 2015 and has now found a new home with Constable.

Since 2015 Thompson has established himself as a author of cutting edge science fiction with The Wormwood Trilogy set in Nigeria. ‘Making Wolf’ is a blend of crime and political thriller.

It is set in Alcacia, a tiny fictional country squ
Nov 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
...With all its graphic descriptions of violence and other forms of human misery, Making Wolf is not a particularly easy book to read. It made me uncomfortable in several places, which is probably what the author aimed for. You need to be able to stomach quite a lot to handle this book. That being said, it is a lot more than just violence. Thompson has his reasons to tell the story the way he does. He wants the book to be more than a simple fast-paced thriller and succeeds gloriously. It's a boo ...more
Jan 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, crime, thriller
Tade Thompson took me by surprise with The Murders of Molly Southborne. It was a vivid story, told well, with a vivid main character and a fantastic premise. It was such an impressive story that I immediately tracked down the other books he had written and put them at the top of my to-read list. Making Wolf is the first of those, and Thompson's debut novel.

The story is set in the fictional country of Alcacia in West Africa, where Weston Kogi returns for his aunt's funeral. He left when he was st
Sep 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Weston Kogi is a supermarket store detective in London. When he returns to the country of his birth (Alcacia, a fictional West African state, inspired by Nigeria) for the funeral of his aunt, the woman who took care of him as a child and put him on a plane to London just as the country exploded into civil war and thus secured him a better life, he runs up against people from his past. The abusive father who always disliked and was ashamed of him, the boy who bullied him at school and made his ch ...more
May 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the best kind of pulp. The book does what it needs to and doesn’t outstay it’s welcome.

I’ve really enjoyed Tade Thompson’s previous works, and while I kind of was hoping that this would tie in with Rosewater or Molly Southbourne to form a sort of TTEU, I’m glad to see that he is such a versatile writer- this is refreshingly different to the other two titles, but still has some of what I’m coming to see as his strengths. Making Wolf is set in a fictional location but one grounded in reali
Jun 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Having loved Rosewater and the murders of Molly S., I searched for previous work by Thade Thompson, and found Making Wolf. I'm sure I would have liked this book even better if I hadn't read Rosewater firts (which is like Making Wolf on acid). Actually, some of the characters in MW reminded me strongly of characters in Rosewater.

Do I recomend MW? Yes, but only you've given yourself enough time to forget about Rosewater

Is this a lesser version of Rosewater? Mmmmmm... maybe it's a spring from which
Gray Williams
Jun 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
For those crime fiction aficionados who need something a little different, I heartily recommend Making Wolf. Tade does a great job setting up his detective, Weston Kogi, and slowly pulling him into the case of the murdered politician back in his birth country. Nothing ever feels over-written or trying too hard as Weston's initial lie to old friends and family gets him into more trouble than he would ever have guessed. The clues keep coming and I raced through the book in only a couple of days.
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Tade Thompson likes to twist genres, and he does it superbly. This is an excellent noir mystery with a plot that delivers unexpected twists. The world is set in desperately poverty stricken Africa. Having grown up in the third world, the depiction of diesel huffing children and the casual violence rang very true to life.
I recommend this book
Jul 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've only read Thompson's Molly Southborne books before. This one is also very violent in places, but the story was good and the main character/narrator is pretty well developed. The setting was interesting too.
Jul 19, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Like a proper B-class movie the book seemed to me so cheesy that I couldn't put it away just to see what's going to be ruined in the next chapter. What it did to me is to make me hungry again for that Nigerian food. And the interviews with palm wine tappers merit their own equally wacky book.
Jun 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
I should've figured this out after putting it off for so long, but this is not for me. It's a bit too bleak for my tastes.
Jul 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Tade Thompson has become one of my favorite writers. I've read two of his books in two days and I plan to read the rest this weekend.
Aug 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loads of fun! The protagonist is dragged into and also thrown into so many dangerous situations which come across as slapstick but wouldn't be really. Loved it.
Dachet Grival
Jan 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Those who like mysteries with brutality tinged with warped humor
This is my inaugural submission to GoodReads out of my profound respect for this work. I cannot recall any book in recent history that I have enjoyed more than Making Wolf. As I have described to others, it is Sin City meets One Hundred Years of Solitude, set in an absurdist old-school detective story.

To provide a little background of myself, during my younger years, I was a collector of the classic mystery writers. I had, until recently, over a hundred books from the greats of the Golden Age o
Sep 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, reviewed, stat_3
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I'm not sure a book has ever gotten under my skin like this book. At turns lyrically beautiful and devastatingly brutal, this novel follows Weston Kogi, a man who grew up and is now returning to the fictional nation of Alcacia, a nation that resulted because of an altered history surrounding the Nigerian Civil War. Weston is a man a bit of touch with himself, a bit directionless. In London he lives a nondescript life as a security guard, but when
Sep 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dark and disturbing at times but I enjoyed it. I didn't think that the murder mystery was all that strong but the setting and the story that was going on around the mystery was very intense and provoking. The only real problem I had was that the scene jumped a couple of times. For example at one point the main character was on the beach and the very next sentence he was in an apartment. No page break or anything to indicate that the scene / location had changed. That happened a couple of times b ...more
Jun 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars!

dark, violent, brilliant and thought-provoking read.

thompson brings the world alive through the protagonist's eyes.

immersive and twisty and visceral, unlike any thriller you've
read in a long time. highly recommend!
Oct 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, 2015ebook
Very interesting to read a book set in modern day Nigeria. I need to seek out more books that are non-US/UK authors.
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