BAIT - Nick Brownlee - Cloned

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Sunnie Gill

"As a boy, George Malewe had gutted thousands of fish for the white men who came to catch game off the coast of Mombasa.  But, as he plunged the blade of his favourite teak-handled filleting knife into the soft underbelly and eased it upwards through the stomach wall with a smooth, practised sawing movement, it struck him that he had neve before gutted a white man."

With an opening paragraph like that you know you’re not going to be in for a quiet comfort read.  

BAIT is the first novel by journalist Nick Brownlee and it’s a ripper of a debut novel. Take one honest detective with a dash of street gangster, vigorously beat in a plenty of psychotic South African ex-army officer with a penchant for inflicting slow, violent death and  add the beautiful daughter of a murder victim and you have a recipe for a grab-you-by-the-scruff of the neck thrill ride that will leave you wanting more.

Nick Brownlee is a former journalist who now runs a small news and feature agency in Cumbria, England.  On the success of Bait, Nick has been commissioned to write three more Jake and Jouma novels and I’ll be eagerly awaiting each one.

Nick Brownlee’s official website is

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Ex-Flying Squad cop Jake Moore runs a game fishing business, but when Mombasa detective Daniel Jouma asks for his help in solving a baffling murder case, he cannot help but become involved. The mangled body of a street criminal has been washed up on the beach and a fishing boat skipper and his bait boy have blown up in the water.

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