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The Sun is God

by Adrian McKinty

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 Herbertshöhe 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 that 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 Herbertshöhe.  Prior fears that the intent of the “celebration” is not to fete the visitors but to make them the latest murder victims.


09 September, 2014

About Adrian McKinty

Adrian McKinty is the author of fourteen previous novels, including Dead I Well May BeFifty GrandFalling Glass, and, most recently, The Sun Is God and the Detective Sean Duffy novels The Cold Cold GroundI Hear the Sirens in the Street, In the Morning I'll Be Gone, and Gun Street Girl. Born and raised in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland, McKinty was called "the best of the new generation of Irish crime novelists" in the Glasgow Herald.


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