by Vicki Delany
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.
Reading Level: 3.0
Pub Date: April 1, 2014
2015 Arthur Ellis Award nominee
2015 Golden Oak Award nominee
- About 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: clever cozies to Gothic thrillers to gritty police procedurals, to historical fiction and novellas for adult literacy. She currently writes the Lighthouse Library cozy series (under the pen name of Eva Gates) and the Year Round Christmas Mysteries, both 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. Please visit www.vickidelany.com.
Vicki has written a number of books for the Rapid Reads series. The first, A Winter Kill, features rookie constable Nicole Patterson. Juba Good, Haitian Graves and Blood and Belonging are the first three books in the Ray Robertson mystery series. In Fall 2017, Vicki's new series, featuring paramedic Ashley Grant, launches with White Sand Blues.
CM Magazine—March 21, 2014
"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."
ForeWord Reviews—June 1, 2014
"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."
LibraryThing Early Reviewers, —September 2014
"[A]n excellent addition to the Rapid Reads Series."
VOYA—June 1, 2014
"Tense and grittly, but not overtly so...[Delany has] won awards for previous mystery stories, and [her] talents come through here...Can be easily completed by a struggling or reluctant reader...[and] could spark an interest in reading for those looking for a good detective story."