When Dr. Philip Taiwo is called on by a powerful Nigerian politician to investigate the public torture and murder of three university students in Port Harcourt, he has no idea that he’s about to be enveloped by a perilous case that is far from cold.
Philip is not a detective. He’s an investigative psychologist, an academic more interested in figuring out the why of a crime than actually solving it. But when he steps off the plane and into the dizzying frenzy of the provincial airport, he soon realizes that the mob-driven murder of the Okriki Three isn’t as straight forward as he thought. With the help of his loyal and streetwise personal driver, Chika, Philip must work against those actively conspiring against him to parse together the truth of what happened to these students.
Light Seekers was a wonderfully intense read, beautifully written and embodying a sense of place and culture that was utterly compelling.
Cleverly designed to have maximum impact in a quietly disturbing way, Femi Kayode engages the reader with relatable and layered characters, a mystery that has many underlying themes and a vividly drawn setting. The Nigerian backdrop and off kilter sense keeps you involved throughout the addictive narrative and you could easily polish this off in one sitting.
A really terrific novel. Absolutely highly recommended.