Treachery in the Yard: A Nigerian Thriller

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A stunning police procedural debut from one of Nigeria’s young up-and-coming talents, Treachery in the Yard introduces an electrifying new setting to the world of international crime fiction

 

Detective Peterside is drawn into the politics of Nigeria when a bomb goes off at Mr. Pius Okpara’s home. Mr. Okpara is locked in a conflict with a political rival, as both men are seeking their party’s nomination prior to the general election.

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Overview

A stunning police procedural debut from one of Nigeria’s young up-and-coming talents, Treachery in the Yard introduces an electrifying new setting to the world of international crime fiction

 

Detective Peterside is drawn into the politics of Nigeria when a bomb goes off at Mr. Pius Okpara’s home. Mr. Okpara is locked in a conflict with a political rival, as both men are seeking their party’s nomination prior to the general election.

 

As Detective Peterside investigates, one murder leads to another and soon events appear to be spiraling out of control. The more he digs, the more corruption surfaces. Soon he is not sure whom to trust, including even his own mentor.

 

An intriguing blend of locale and familiar police procedure, Treachery in the Yard provides a unique brand of international suspense.

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Ibe's disappointing debut, a crime thriller set in Nigeria, introduces homicide detective Tamunoemi Peterside. When a bomb destroys the garage and most of the home of wealthy Pius Okpara, a candidate for governor of Rivers State in the midst of a heated political race, Okpara is not seriously injured, but a state judge's wife, who may have witnessed the bombers get away, soon ends up murdered. The body count rises at an alarming, almost farcical rate as Peterside's superiors oppose him in his efforts to find the truth. Ibe falls short of making a society unfamiliar to most Western readers vibrant, offering instead a superficial picture of corruption and violence. Peterside is constantly taken aback as witness after witness is bumped off, while the bad guys' convenient confessions come across as staged ("Is this a bad movie, where everything is summed up at the end?" one villain tells Peterside). Hopefully, the detective will show more savvy in the promised sequel. (Aug.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312585938
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 8/3/2010
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

ADIMCHINMA IBE was born in Nigeria in 1977. This is his first novel in the Detective Peterside police procedural series.

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  • Posted September 30, 2011

    Surprisingly intriguing

    TREACHERY IN THE YARD by Adimchinma Ibe is a Nigerian noir police procedural. The story, a short novel (160 pages), broke my reading slump. In the normal course, I don't like this type of book. People are mostly bad, doing bad things. Politics and corruption are probably similar throughout the world. There's a high body count and quite a lot of violence, but it's mostly off-scene. However, in TREACHERY IN THE YARD, I was intrigued. As sometimes happens to me in stories, the protag makes decisions which might be slipshod mistakes or enigmatic pieces of clairvoyance or the author's stylistic writing. It's difficult keeping all the possibilities in mind. Out of this maelstrom comes interesting snippets about modern Nigeria, a fascinating look at how people live and work. Tammy, a homicide detective, has attitudes which feel unusual and foreign. He has curious relationships with his Chief of Police, his partner Femi, and his girlfriend Freda. Though he interests me, Tammy is not a man I like much. TREACHERY IN THE YARD is an interesting diversion.

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  • Posted July 26, 2010

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    interesting Nigerian police procedural

    In Government Reservation Area II, Port Harcourt, Nigeria, the bomb devastates the home and garage of affluent Pius Okpara, who is running against Dr. Vincent Puene for the National Conservative's Party's nomination for governor of Rivers State. Outside of the property damage, no one is hurt. Neighbor Mrs. Naomi Karibi, wife of a judge and mom of three, may have seen the culprits as she describes to the police on the scene.

    Homicide Detective Tamunoemi Peterside leads the official investigation that soon turns from a bombing to murder when Mrs. Karibi is killed. As his superiors intrude on Peterside's inquiry, other potential witnesses are also murdered.

    Although not as deep as the Botswana mysteries (see Alexander McCall Smith's The Number 1 Ladies Detective Agency and Michael Stanley's Detective Kubu), the first Peterside Nigerian police procedural is an interesting tale. Action-packed as the murder count rises alarmingly fast, Adimchinma Ibe makes a case that corruption intrudes on good police work. Although more insight into Nigeria is needed and less of a Perry Mason climax, fans of African police procedurals will enjoy the first Detective Peterside investigation.

    Harriet Klausner

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