• Paperback: 496 pages
• Publisher: Harper Paperbacks; Original edition (April 30, 2013)
Girls are disappearing in Botswana. The rumor is they’re being harvested for muti, a witch doctor’s potion traditionally derived from plants and animals—and which, some believe, can be made more potent by adding human remains. Detective David “Kubu” Bengu joins the investigation with the police force’s newest detective—and only woman—Samantha Khama, for whom the case is personal.
Soon one girl’s father, convinced that his daughter’s death is linked to the recent popularity of a political candidate, takes the law into his own hands. After the father flees, what Kubu and Samantha find in the politician’s home confirms their worst fears: muti containing human DNA is real.
Now Kubu and Samantha are thrust into a harrowing race to stop a serial killer or killers—and those who would pay for their special, lethal muti.
Michael Stanley is the writing team of Johannesburg natives Michael Sears and Stanley Trollip. Sears lives in Johannesburg and from 1997 until 2007, worked at Anglo American, a major international mining house associated with the diamond giant De Beers. Trollip was on the faculty at the universities of Illinois, Minnesota, and North Dakota, and at Capella University. A full-time writer, he divides his time between South Africa and Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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