When Trouble Sleeps is a thrilling novel with a complex, intriguing female character, Amaka Mbadiwe. It reveals the world of sex workers, greed, political intrigue, blackmail and murder.
The fearless Amaka continues her mission to protect sex workers and other vulnerable women while seeking out ways to bring justice to abusers and corrupt politicians. She finds herself embroiled in a political scandal; a plane crash kills the state gubernatorial candidate, the party picks a replacement who is assured of winning the election: Chief Ojo. But Amaka knows the skeletons that lurk in Chief Ojo’s closet, including what took place at the Harem, the secret sex club on the outskirts of Lagos that he frequents.
This crime fiction book has a thrilling political intrigue, coming less than a year before Nigeria’s 2019 general election. When Trouble Sleeps offers a foretaste of the drama, intrigue and corruption that often characterize Nigeria’s elections since the country returned to democratic rule in 1999.
About the Author
Leye Adenle is the author of the award-winning Easy Motion Tourist and a contributor to Lagos Noir (Akashic Books, 2018) and Sunshine Noir (White Sun Books, 2016). His short story, “The Assassin,” was shortlisted for the 2017 CWA Short Story Dagger.
Adenle is from a family of writers, the most famous of whom was his grandfather, Oba Adeleye Adenle I, a former king of Oshogbo in South West Nigeria. Leye lives in London. He has appeared on BBC Radio 4’s “Open Book” and is a regular panelist at literary and crime festivals.