When freelance journalist, Crystal Nguyen, heads to South Africa, she thinks she’ll be researching an article on rhino-horn smuggling for National Geographic, while searching for her missing colleague. But, within a week, she’s been hunting poachers, hunted by their bosses, and then arrested in connection with a murder. And everyone is after a briefcase full of money that may hold the key to everything.
Fleeing South Africa, she goes undercover in Vietnam, trying to discover the truth before she’s exposed by the
local mafia. Discovering the plot behind the money is only half the battle. Now she must convince the South African authorities to take action before it’s too late. She has a shocking story to tell, if she survives long enough to tell it…
Dead of Night by Michael Stanley
Published on July 15, 2018 by Orenda Publishing
Genre: Crime Fiction
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Dead of Night is a book that will inspire your inner wanderlust. It is a story set in South Africa bringing to life the beautiful scenery and the horror of the poaching market. I enjoyed the trip Michael Stanley took me on while reading this book. It is the perfect blend of a thrilling and informative read. Dead of Night is about the rhinoceros smuggling industry in South Africa; personally, this was very interesting to read about as I was not completely aware of how rampant it is. The book certainly opened my eyes not only to its corruption but also how, at the grass root level, poverty was greatly involved. The risks people took for the sake of their family was very sad to read about because on hand you abhor the trade but you also understand why some people get into it.
Crystal Nguyen is the freelance journalist we follow as she travels to South Africa in search of her friend Michael, who had been investigating the smuggling trade of horns, whom she believed had been kidnapped. Crystal’s journey starts out her trip optimistically but is soon met with the harsh reality of the world she had just entered. I really enjoyed her character who starts out ignorant but optimistic; she’s a strong hearted character who had to make a lot of hard choices. I loved how she managed to navigate herself in a foreign and hostile environment.
Dead of Night introduces its readers to a less talked about trade in South Africa which is that of rhino horns; an action packed with a heroine to root for, Dead of Night will have its readers hooked!
Michael Stanley is the writing team of Michael Sears and Stanley Trollip. Both were born in South Africa and have worked in academia and business. On a flying trip to Botswana, they watched a pack of hyenas hunt, kill, and devour a wildebeest, eating both flesh and bones. That gave them the premise for their first mystery, A Carrion Death, which introduced Detective ‘Kubu’ Bengu of the Botswana Criminal Investigation Department. It was a finalist for five awards, including the CWA Debut Dagger. The series has been critically acclaimed, and their third book, Death of the Mantis, won the Barry Award and was a finalist for an Edgar award. Deadly Harvest was a finalist for an International Thriller Writers’ award. Dead of Night is their first stand-alone thriller.
I’d like to thank Anne Carter and Orenda Publishing for having me on the blog tour for Dead of Night. All opinions remain my own.
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