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Crime, African History, and a Naughty Child - ZODML Librarian Book Picks

By ZODML on 19 May, 2014


Check out this week’s selection of great books chosen by our librarians! You can find all of these awesome titles and more at our Community Library at 196 Awolowo Road, Ikoyi, Lagos. Looking for your next great read? Search our catalogue and e-library or browse previous picks for inspiration.

The Secret History of Las Vegas by Chris Abani

Before veteran detective Salazar can retire, he's determined to solve a recent spate of murders of Las Vegas's homeless.On Halloween he encounters a pair of conjoined twins wading in Lake Mead and is sure he has apprehended the killers.Their names: Water, strikingly handsome, and Fire, disfigured and sharp tongued - members of a side show on the outskirts of Las Vegas called the Carnival of Lost Souls. When they can't explain the container of blood found near their car, Salazar enlist the help of Dr Sunil Singh, a South African transplant who specialises in the study of psychopaths. Dr Singh is conducting a series of shadowy experiments on violent behaviour for a local institute. Over the course of three days, as the doctor tries to crack the twins, the implications of his study grows darker and it becomes clear that he has his own demons to reckon with. Fire and Water, whose deformity is the result of their mother's exposure to radiation from the US government's nuclear testing in the Nevada desert, have their own revenge in mind.

Africa Through the Ages by Margaret Sharman

The book traces the history of the continent, beginning with East Africa where it is believed humanity originated.

Sparing the Rod by Bayo Adebiyi

Bongo, the son of the Chief of Adama, is a very spoilt boy. His mother loves her only child so much that she will not allow anyone to correct him, not even his father. When she takes Bongo to her brother in town, Bongo looks for adventure, finds bad friends, and falls into great danger.

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