The Devil in the Bush

The Devil in the Bush

by Matthew Head
     
 

World War II is raging, but in this dusty backwater of the Belgian Congo, the most pressing problem is finding a cold beer. That's the case at least for Hooper Talliaferro, a genial U.S. government flunkey sent to Africa on a vague errand related to the war effort. What he finds at the failing Congo-Ruizi plantation won't help the Allies much. Like colonialism

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World War II is raging, but in this dusty backwater of the Belgian Congo, the most pressing problem is finding a cold beer. That's the case at least for Hooper Talliaferro, a genial U.S. government flunkey sent to Africa on a vague errand related to the war effort. What he finds at the failing Congo-Ruizi plantation won't help the Allies much. Like colonialism itself, the owner is dying of a slow poison, and neither his bitter round-heeled wife nor the plantation manager, drowning in gin and mysterious guilt, can muster the energy to care. But along with Hooper arrives Dr. Mary Finney, a formidable missionary with both moral outrage and sleuthing skills to spare. Like an irresistible cross between Agatha Christie and Alexander McCall Smith (with a dash of Anton Chekhov), Devil in the Bush introduces Dr. Finney as a sort of blunt-spoken Yankee Miss Marple, with likeable, lightweight Hooper-the series narrator-standing by as her faithful scribe.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393085860
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
01/01/1973
Pages:
184

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