Making Wolf by Tade Thompson
Synopsis: A gritty thriller set in the blazing sun of the tropics.
Meet Weston Kogi, a London supermarket security guard. He returns to his West African home country for his aunt’s funeral. He sees his family, his ex-girlfriend, Nana, his old school mate, Church. Food is good, beer is plentiful, and telling people he works as a big-time London homicide detective seems like harmless hyperbole, until he wakes up in hell.
He is kidnapped and forced by two separate rebel factions to investigate the murder of a local hero, Papa Busi. The solution may set the country ablaze in civil war. Making Wolf is an outrageous, frightening, violent, and sometimes surreal experience of a lifetime. They say you can never go home again. Weston Kogi and the country of his birth may very well pay the ultimate price for his doing exactly that.
Published: September 2015 | ISBN-13: 978-1495607479
Bleak, sick, gritty, action-packed– this ultra-violent, neo-noir detective thriller is set in Alcacia, a vaguely imaginary nation in west Africa. A refugee of the country’s violent past, Weston Kogi returns home for a funeral and is lured into the world of crime. It feels more realistic and adult than the cover would suggest, as it probes into the nature of criminality and personality, especially as the compelling anti-hero spirals deeper into his own troubles and self-interested actions. This debut will satisfy fans of bloody and brutal thrillers, and though the SF elements are minimal, they are critical to the story. Despite its Kitschies award-winning success and uncomfortable character arc, discourse about Making Wolf has been surprisingly minimal. – From 10 Great Books on Science Fiction (4)