Colonial New Guinea, 1906. A small group of mostly German nudists live an extreme back-to-nature existence on the remote island of Kabakon. Eating only coconuts and bananas, they purport to worship the sun. One of their members, Max Lutzow, has recently died, allegedly from malaria. But an autopsy on his body in the nearby capital of HerbertshOhe raises suspicions about foul play.
Retired British military police officer Will Prior is recruited to investigate the circumstances of Lutzow's death. At first, the eccentric group seems friendly and willing to cooperate with the investigation. They all insist that Lutzow died of malaria. Despite lack of evidence for a murder, Prior is convinced the group is hiding something.
Things come to a head during a late-night feast supposedly given as a send-off for the visitors before they return to HerbertshOhe. Prior fears the intent of the "celebration" is not to fete the visitors—but to make them the latest murder victims.
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by Adrian McKinty
by Herbie Brennan
by Diana Wynne Jones
by Nancy Farmer
by Val McDermid
"In McGintyÕs new story, Will Prior, Yorkshireman and former British military police officer, finds himself investigating a murder in a utopian nudist colony on a tropical island in 1906 New Guinea. The characters and setting are phantasmagorical. Prior is one of McKintyÕs compelling, conflicted heroes: a sane man in an insane world. Gerard Doyle, whose narration of McKintyÕs magnificent Troubles Trilogy set the standard for Irish audiobook mysteries, does a good job with the German, Melanesian, and English people who populate McKintyÕs departure from Ireland. DoyleÕs performance is always clear and well paced. Sometimes his Irish intonation and McKintyÕs talkative Irish style conflict with PriorÕs laconic Yorkshire persona, but itÕs all a good ride in a memorable location. F.C. © AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine"
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