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Juba Good: A Ray Robertson Mystery
     

Juba Good: A Ray Robertson Mystery

by Vicki Delany
 

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Juba, South Sudan.

RCMP Sergeant Ray Robertson has spent eleven and a half months serving with the United Nations in the world’s newest country. He’s tired of the chaotic traffic and jostling crowds that fill the narrow streets. Tired of the choking red dust that blows into the capital from the desert. He can’t wait to get back to his wife and kids

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Juba, South Sudan.

RCMP Sergeant Ray Robertson has spent eleven and a half months serving with the United Nations in the world’s newest country. He’s tired of the chaotic traffic and jostling crowds that fill the narrow streets. Tired of the choking red dust that blows into the capital from the desert. He can’t wait to get back to his wife and kids—and back to policing a world he understands.

But when a young woman—the fourth in three weeks—is found dead at the side of a dusty road with a thin white ribbon wrapped tightly around her neck, Robertson fears that a serial killer is on the loose. In a country plagued by years of extreme poverty, civil war and the struggle to establish a functioning government, the policeman realizes that it’s up to him and his Dinka partner, John Deng, to find the killer before they can strike again.

Editorial Reviews

ForeWord Reviews
"A murder mystery that explores the complexity of culture, in a simple narrative...The story feels ripped from the headlines...This relevance, coupled with the quick narrative pace, gives the book immediacy. Robertson’s perspective is relatable and insightful. Delany’s handling of setting and culture distinguish this novel from other cop murder dramas—a genre it fits into comfortably. The descriptions are focused, so they’re clear and not wordy...Delany’s skill with concise plotting and characterization means that nothing valuable is left out...A great waiting-room read for people who want to experience worldwide thrills from within the safety of their hometown."
CM Magazine
"A page-turner filled with suspense. The characters are true to life as is the setting. Ray Robinson, as the main character, is a believable character complete with flaws. The plot is unpredictable with a twist at the end. Highly Recommended."
VOYA, June 2014 (Vol. 37, No. 2) - Kevin S. Beach
Rapid Reads is a series of short novels and nonfiction books intended for ESL students, reluctant readers, and adults who struggle with literacy. Meant to be read in one or two sittings, these titles focus on contemporary settings, and mature language and situations. The eighteen novels in the series are written between a 2.0 and 4.5 reading level. In Juba Good, the protagonist is a Canadian police officer assigned to a UN security force in a volatile African country. A series of killings of prostitutes becomes the obvious work of a serial killer, but local mores prevent a decent investigation into the crimes. The officer struggles with an uncooperative government and frightened citizens as he and his native partner strive to solve the killings before his stint ends. The settings are tense and gritty but not overtly so. These unadorned tales are very entertaining and plot-driven. At just over one-hundred pages each, they can be successfully completed by a struggling or reluctant reader. Each book has a companion reading guide available to download at the publisher’s website. Although they are not strictly for a young adult audience, these titles could spark an interest in reading for those looking for a good detective story. (Rapid Reads) Reviewer: Kevin S. Beach; Ages 15 to 18.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781459804906
Publisher:
Orca Book Publishers
Publication date:
04/01/2014
Series:
Rapid Reads
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
4.70(w) x 7.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
HL440L (what's this?)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Vicki Delany is one of Canada's most prolific and varied crime writers, and a national bestseller in the U.S. She has written more than twenty-five books: from clever cozies to Gothic thrillers, gritty police procedurals to historical fiction, and novellas for adult literacy. Under the name of Eva Gates, she writes the Lighthouse Library cozy series for Penguin Random House. Her latest novel is Elementary, She Read, the first in the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop series from Crooked Lane.

Vicki is the past president of the Crime Writers of Canada. Her work has been nominated for the Derringer, the Bony Blithe, the Ontario Library Association Golden Oak, and the Arthur Ellis Awards. For more information, visit www.vickidelany.com.

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