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TREACHERY IN THE YARD by Adimchinma Ibe


By Theresa de Valence - Posted on 30 September 2011

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.



TREACHERY IN THE YARD
by Adimchinma Ibe
© 2010
Minotaur Books, St. Martin’s Publishing