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Easy Motion Tourist

(Amaka Thriller #1)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  315 ratings  ·  82 reviews
Easy Motion Tourist is a compelling crime novel set in contemporary Lagos. It features Guy Collins, a British hack who stumbles by chance into the murky underworld of the city. A woman's mutilated body is discarded by the side of a club near one of the main hotels in Victoria Island. Collins, a bystander, is picked up by the police as a potential suspect. After experiencin ...more
Paperback, 327 pages
Published April 1st 2016 by Cassava Republic Press
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Suyi Davies Okungbowa
May 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 stars because I actually enjoyed the book. Great portrait of Lagos without romanticising, fetishizing or painting it with some form of otherness. Some cool characters: Ade, Aunty Baby and the Police Chief particularly stood out for me. Also liked Guy and his properly represented Britishness. Found Amaka and Chief Amadi wanting, though, and Knockout was a bit melodramatic. Also hard to suspend disbelief at the whole shootout scene.

Still a good book; would recommend to lovers of crime/thrillers
Andy Weston
May 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime, nigeria
In this Nigerian noir, author Adenle partly uses the narrative of the protagonist, English journalist Guy Collins, in Lagos to cover the elections, to tell the story of a few days of violence and corruption on the city’s streets. Indeed, as Adenle describes it, Lagos is a unwelcoming and quite frightening place. The novel is hardly an advertisement for tourism in Nigeria.
The characters are raw, and therefore very convincing, short introductions to them, no duality or pretensions. Prostitution p
May 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
What I most enjoyed about this novel was that the story unfolded from multiple points of view keeping me curious abut what would happen at the turn of each page. This was aided by the shorter chapters which kept the pace of the story fast and kept me guessing. Overall, it is an enjoyable read and one worth checking out!

The narrative descriptions of the various locations in Nigeria made me feel as though I had been transported there myself. I would definitely recommend this for anyone who likes a
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars. A fast paced crime thriller set in my home city of Lagos, Nigeria, Easy Motion Tourist does a great job of unapologetically describing the quotidian and bizarre things that make Lagos unique. The secondary characters that fuel the book’s action and humor are layered, their idiosyncrasies and motivations well described.

Deducting half a star because the interiority of one of main characters, Amaka, wasn’t as explored as Guy’s, and the women secondary characters, whose lives shaped the
Mar 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
If you enjoy very British police procedurals where the detectives wear suits and everything is done according to the law, this is not the book for you. However, if you enjoy a trip to Lagos and want to experience the risks and dreams that this city offers, this is a real pleasure. Introducing an English journalist into the plot allows Leye to introduce readers to the intricacies of Lagos life through the thoughts and experiences of an outsider. Complex plot and a vast cast of characters, I enjoy ...more
Literary Everything
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The prologue is entertaining but also helps the reader solve a moral puzzle that may niggle at you as you read the story. What we particularly like about this book is that it humanises prostitutes and tells their stories. This book is as much about Guy’s adventures as it is about Amaka’s own personal penance. Read our full review here ...more
Sep 25, 2018 marked it as threw-across-the-room-and-stopped-r
The book jacket and online descriptions plainly say “mutilated” comes into play in this book.

And yet I bought it.
And read over 1/3rd of it.
And then stopped.

I need a book about candy and unicorns now.
What if Nollywood produced action films that actually depicted crime on the ground in Lagos? Films in which armed robbers, policemen, journalists, lawyers and sex workers were portrayed in more nuanced, convincing ways? What if Nollywood(or Ghallywood or Ugawood) dispensed with ghastly, fooling-nobody CGI/sound effects, and traded instead in the very real arsenal of machetes and AK47s? Easy Motion Tourist begins to answer these questions. Crime in Lagos (or any other African city) is just as re ...more
Amaka Azie
Dec 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Brilliant fast paced crime fiction set in Lagos, Nigeria. About Amaka a lawyer who pioneered a charity looking after prostitutes and Guy, an English journalist on a trip to Nigeria to cover the presidential elections.
In a bizarre twist of fate, they meet and work together to bring down a crime network harvesting human parts.
If like me, you were initially discouraged by the multiple POV and characters to keep up with, don’t give up. Persevere and you won’t regret this fictional journey.
I’m so
Karen Ashmore
Dec 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Fascinating murder mystery set in Lagos, Nigeria, with more than a few hairpin turns. Leading you down a stereotypically western path of black magic juju, you find yourself in the midst of gangs, murder, wealth, power, and crooked police. My favorite character is Amaka, an independent, feminist Nigerian who stands up to exploitation of women. The ending lays the scene for a follow-up novel, which I eagerly look forward to reading.
May 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Leye Adenle’s book is a crime fiction set in Lagos, Nigeria. The book starts out with a prologue that depicts a young girl struggling to survive in Lagos and ends up a prostitute. The prologue becomes a foundation for this book that speaks about the personal travails of sex workers that many people are oblivious to. Sex workers are seen all around but rather than seeing their humanity, we see their acts and choice of trade as despicable because our own moral compass and perceptions condemn such ...more
Daniel Sevitt
Aug 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: part-of-a-series
Lagos noir. Terrifying tale of violence and corruption that crosses every social divide from the street through the police to the highest levels of Lagos society. Amaka is a terrific creation and I'm already excited that we get to see more of her in the next book. Guy Collins, on the other hand, is almost completely useless and I struggled with the last act which sees him sweep in as the white saviour to wrestle with the bad guy. It didn't help that the chapters written from Guy's POV were in fi ...more
Bookish Igbo  Girl
Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Nov 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: black
This is an exciting action thriller taking place in Lagos. I enjoyed Amaka kicking butt and was intrigued by Ibriham but was ultimately horrified by the lack of rules and the absolute chaos of the underground world of this complex city.
Jul 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
I loved this book
Honestly, the only reason I'm not giving it is 5 stars is the somewhat rushed ending, but it's such a solid story.
It's written as if for TV almost. Detailed, fast paced and very graphic. I enjoyed every single page.
And Amaka is my new hero!
Mike Esler
Aug 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nigerian Mystery

This was a fun read because of the setting. Hopefully the sequel will be a little more polished, but this was well worth reading.
Davidson Ajaegbu
May 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the best Nigerian written thriller ever!

This book starts with a mad rush that keeps you glued to it till the very end.
May 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
A truly enjoyable book. I loved how it showed many different little bits and aspects of the Nigeria every day life: the bad and the not so bad. The author's writing style was so engaging. Never loved a Nigerian literary work like this in months
Max Tomlinson
Jul 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
If Nigeria is even half as dangerous as it’s portrayed in Leye Adenle’s “Easy Motion Tourist” I’m not sure I will ever go anywhere near the place. (And, according to multiple travel advisories, Nigeria is definitely not safe!) So I enjoyed the vicarious journey to a land where crime gangs run rampant, gun battles are an everyday occurrence and, if you're not too careful, your internal organs might just wind up being removed without your permission.

So it goes with Guy Collins, a British journalis
Michael Osei
Jul 26, 2018 rated it liked it
From the first page, you get the impression that you are reading a well-written blockbuster. And indeed it is. Leye impressively carries you through all the 300 and over pages effortlessly. He's smart enough to change view points, swimming into and out of the heads of multiple characters without losing suspense and he pulls some impressive short term and long term twists. This book should be flying off the shelves. I wish I could take a look at his research notes as he shows a good command over ...more
Apr 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Easy Motion Tourist is a seriously compelling, gripping, and shocking crime thriller that never slows up! Leye Adenle is a master storyteller who can cleverly weave a picture of a world so dark and disturbing, yet even in the darkest moments find humour that releases the tension of fear you feel for Guy and Amata as they navigate a Hades level nightmare. Every character is 3 dimensional, even the most heinous has a hint of humanity. The imagery is vivid without ever being wordy and the story is ...more
Dec 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
I love this book.

This book feels very Nigerian, yet its written in such a way that it should appeal to more than just Nigerians.

There are certainly cultural aspects of this that only Nigerians might be able to tell, but what I love about this is the way Leye leads even the indigenes down a certain route only to pull back and divert them another way. There are many surprises in this book, all nicely woven together to make this a pleasant experience.
May 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Just brilliant! Such a compelling read from start to finish. It's the best crime thriller I've read. It's action packed and exciting. Surely must be a hit!
May 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-of-2016
Great, great, great. A fast-paced tale that speeds to a terrific (cliffhanger?) ending.
Stephanie Griffin
Like the description of the follow-up book to this one, “corruption, violence, sex and sleaze” rule the pages. Too much of it for my tastes.
The Book Banque
May 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In what starts off as an official trip and perhaps a hopeless bid for self-validation and/or actualisation, Guy Collins - a British wannabe journalist - voluntarily arrives Lagos to cover an election story. Like a kid who waves a hand through a fire to see if it burns, Collins sets out to discover the night life in Victoria Island, Lagos — or crudely, to find black loving.

Collins quickly learns that Lagos not only burns with a devouring intensity, with greed and poverty as oxidant and fuel, but
The publisher's description of Easy Motion Tourist grabbed me straight away. British journalist Guy Collins is at a nightclub, enjoying his first drink in Lagos, Nigeria when suddenly people come rushing into the club. They are clearly running from something. Collins goes outside to see what all the commotion is about and stumbles upon the mutilated body of a woman. Collins quickly learns that the reason people were running into the bar is because standard police protocol in Lagos is apparently ...more
May 01, 2018 rated it liked it
I'm somewhat ambivalent about Easy Motion Tourist: on the one hand, it had a fast-paced, engaging plot but the writing left something to be desired. It should definitely be adapted into a movie.

What I enjoyed:
This book was anything but dull. I zipped through it in a matter of hours because it was so hard to put down. Adenle does a great job of setting up the mystery and revealing just enough information to make to keep me invested but not so much that I grew bored with the ending.

The novel al
Nov 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
I’m a scaredy cat normally and wouldn’t generally pick crime fiction but I’m making more of an effort to read Nigerian genre fiction these days so I picked this up and let me just say, it didn’t disappoint! The premise of this novel is Amaka, a tough, kick butt NGO worker and Guy, a somewhat naive British journalist (of the inexperienced yet intrepid oyinbo variety) whose paths cross over the ritual killing of a commercial sex worker. Together, they work to discover the culprit. More or less. Th ...more
Jo Quenell
Dec 14, 2017 rated it liked it
If I could, I'd give this a 3.5 out of 5 stars. I was very excited to read this--a Nigerian noir seemed too cool to pass up. There was a lot of good, especially in the first half of the book. The setting, characters and location were all well developed. I felt like I was a part of the world Leye Adenle had created. There were some great Ellroy-worthy bits of violence interspersed throughout the story, especially at the hands of the thugs Knockout and Go-slow.

The last third of the book started t
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Leye Adenle is a Nigerian writer. He has written a number of short stories and flash fiction pieces. Leye has appeared on stage in London in plays including Ola Rotimi’s Our Husband Has Gone Mad Again. He comes from a family of writers, the most famous of whom was his grandfather, Oba Adeleye Adenle I, a former king of Oshogbo in South West Nigeria. He lives in London.

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