When schoolgirls begin to disappear on the West African coast, "troubleshooter" Bruce Medway tries to remain detached. Meanwhile, he reluctantly acquires a new job from former nemesis and mafia capo Franconelli. Franconelli gives Bruce forty-eight hours to find a French trader, Mariner, whom not even the mafia has been able to track. Yet as Bruce sets out on his assignment, he is unable to remain disconnected from the mysterious schoolgirl disappearances, and finds that girls, gold, and greed are all interconnected; corruption abounds everywhere. There are no safe havens for Bruce in this situation, and he must devise a scam that risks everything in order to stay alive.
A brilliant follow-up to Blood is Dirt, and the fourth novel in the Bruce Medway series, A Darkening Stain takes Bruce Medway into the darkest territory of West Africa yet.
A Harvest Original
About the Author
ROBERT WILSON is the author of numerous novels, including The Company of Strangers and A Small Death in Lisbon, which won the Gold Dagger Award as Best Crime Novel of the Year from Britain’s Crime Writers’ Association. A graduate of Oxford University, he has worked in shipping, advertising, and trading in Africa, and has lived in Greece, Portugal, and West Africa.
PRAISE FOR A DARKENING STAIN “Robert Wilson dissects the dark heart of Africa with an insight and compassion that makes it so sleazily vivid you’d pay money not to go there.”—VAL McDERMID, a u t h o r o f THE DISTANT ECHO "Tightly plotted and tautly written ... Perfectly attuned to the violent wavelength of this unpredictable world." —THE SUNDAY TIMES (LONDON)
"Exhilarating ... Unmissable ... Unflinchingly imagined and executed. No hint of competition."
— Literary Review
"Tightly plotted and tautly written ... Perfectly attuned to the violent wavelength of this unpredictable world."
— The Sunday Times (London)
"Robert Wilson dissects the dark heart of Africa with an insight and compassion ... Vivid."