Friday, September 17, 2010
Treachery in the Yard by Adimchinma Ibe
So many of the authors writing police procedurals set in countries other than the U.S. do an excellent job of describing the country, introducing readers to a culture we don't encounter often. Ibe is no exception. He provides a little background, describing the military junta that took over in the '80s, with their need to control the oil wells, maintain power, and keep control. He describes the difference between the wealthy and well-connected, living behind walls, and the rest of Port Harcourt, where tap water is unreliable, power outages are routine, and people can go days without electricity. Unemployment is a major issue in Nigeria, but, as a homicide detective, Ibe's character, Detective Tammy Peterside, is assured of a job.
Tammy is a cynical realist, an intense man determined to solve his case. He understands why he's where he is in the police hierarchy. "That was why he was Chief, and I was a detective. He cared about politics. I cared about solving the crime." Showing his determination, Tammy realizes, "I don't like murder investigations when the bodies pile up. You have to spend a lot of time climbing over the bodies to get to the truth."
I liked Tammy Peterside. I liked Ibe's succinct writing style. His turn of phrase fits his character beautifully. Most of all, I liked Treachery in the Yard, this debut police procedural set in Nigeria. I hope fans of foreign mysteries and police procedurals discover a setting other than Scandinavia. I'm hoping to see more of Detective Tammy Peterside and his creator, Adimchinma Ibe.
Treachery in the Yard by Adimchinma Ibe. St. Martin's Minotaur, ©2010. ISBN 9780312585938 (hardcover), 160p.
FTC Full Disclosure - The publisher sent me this book, in hopes I would review it.