Death of the Mantis: A Detective Kubu Mystery (Paperback)
In the southern Kalahari area of Botswana--an arid landscape of legends that speak of lost cities, hidden wealth, and ancient gods--a fractious ranger named Monzo is found dying from a severe head wound in a dry ravine. Three Bushmen surround the doomed man, but are they his killers or there to help? Detective David "Kubu" Bengu is on the case, an investigation that his old school friend Khumanego claims is motivated by racist antagonism on the part of the local police. But when a second bizarre murder, and then a third, seem to point also to the nomadic tribe, the intrepid Kubu must journey into the depths of the Kalahari to uncover the truth. What he discovers there will test all his powers of detection . . . and his ability to remain alive.
About the Author
Michael Stanley is the writing team of Johannesburg natives Michael Sears and Stanley Trollip. The pair has had many adventures together, including tracking lions at night and fighting bush fires on the Savuti plains in northern Botswana.
“DEATH OF THE MANTIS is the best book I’ve read in a very long time. A fantastic read. Brilliant!”
-Louise Penny, New York Times bestselling author of Bury Your Dead
“DEATH OF THE MANTIS is the best book yet in one of the best series going: a serious novel with a mystery at its core that takes us places we’ve never been, thrills and informs us, and leaves us changed by the experience. I loved this book.”
-Timothy Hallinan, author of The Queen of Patpong and A Nail Through the Heart
“Assistant Superintendent Kubu is back! A page-turner from start to finish. Michael Stanley’s enthralling series is a must-read for anyone who enjoys clever plotting, terrific writing, and a fascinating glimpse of today’s Africa. Kubu—DEATH OF THE MANTIS—Michael Stanley: the perfect mystery trifecta for any crime fan.”
-Charles Todd, New York times bestselling author of A Matter of Justice
“Impossible to put down, this immensely readable third entry. . . delivers the goods. Kubu’s painstaking detecting skills make him a sort of Hercule Poirot of the desert. . . . This series can be recommended to a wide gamut of readers.”
-Library Journal (starred review)
“Kubu’s third recorded case is again alive with local color and detail and, refreshingly, offers his fullest mystery plot yet.”