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Making Wolf

 

This week’s Friday read is the taut, electrifying and sometimes surreal crime noir thriller Making Wolf, by the celebrated and award-winning author Tade Thompson. It’s the story of Weston Kogi, a London-based detective who makes an unforgettable, brutal homecoming to Alcacia, a fictional Nigeria. Food is good, beer is plentiful, and telling people he works as a homicide detective seems like harmless hyperbole . . . until he wakes up in hell. As Thompson – who won the UK’s most prestigious prize for science fiction novels – puts it in his own words: ‘Nobody associates crime noir with Africa, but the location shouldn’t matter. Crime fiction is about humans violating the social contract, and other humans trying to restore it. That’s what Making Wolf is.’

Sarah Murphy