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A dancer in the dust / Thomas H. Cook.

By: Cook, Thomas H [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookEdition: First edition.Description: 308 pages ; 24 cm.ISBN: 0802122728; 9780802122728; 9781784081669.Subject(s): Man-woman relationships -- Fiction | Identity (Psychology) -- Fiction | Murder -- Investigation -- Fiction | Africa -- Fiction | New York (N.Y.) -- FictionGenre/Form: Suspense fiction. | Psychological fiction.DDC classification: 813/.54 Summary: Ray Campbell, a former aid worker who was stationed Africa twenty years earlier, is distraught when a friend from that period of his life turns up murdered in New York, and he must discover how this tragedy is connected to the earlier tragedy of Martine Aubert, the only woman Ray ever loved.
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Twenty years ago, Ray Campbell, now a cautious risk-management consultant, was a well-intentioned aid worker dedicated to improving conditions in Lubanda, a newly independent African country. He is forced to reconsider that year of living dangerously when a friend from his time in Lubanda is found murdered in a New York alley. Signs suggest that this most recent tragedy is rooted in the far more distant one of Martine Aubert, the only woman Ray ever truly loved and whose fate he'd sealed in a moment of grievous error: "In Lubanda, twenty years before, I'd rolled the dice for a woman who was not even present at the table, and on the outcome of that toss, a braver and more knowing heart than mine had been forfeited."<br> <br> Martine Aubert was a white, native Lubandan farmer whose dream for her homeland starkly conflicted with those charged with its so-called development. But Ray's failure to understand Martine's commitment to her country had placed a noose around her neck, one tightened by a circle of vicious men, cruel taunts, and whistling machetes. It is Ray's return to the passion he'd once felt for Martine that makes A Dancer in the Dust the enthralling and moving story of two loves: Ray's love for Martine Aubert, and Martine's love for a homeland that did not love her back.

Ray Campbell, a former aid worker who was stationed Africa twenty years earlier, is distraught when a friend from that period of his life turns up murdered in New York, and he must discover how this tragedy is connected to the earlier tragedy of Martine Aubert, the only woman Ray ever loved.

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Twenty years ago, an idealistic Ray -Chambers spent a year in the African nation of Lubanda, under the auspices of Peace Corps-like Hope for Lubanda. His former boss Bill Hammond calls him after years of silence to tell him that the tortured body of Ray's native Lubandan assistant Seso Alaya has been found in an alley behind a sleazy Manhattan hotel. Alaya had called Hammond a week prior about some important information he wanted to give him, but they were unable to meet. Hammond asks Ray to look into the murder and retrieve the intelligence. This investigation is the backdrop for Ray's reminiscences about his stay in Lubanda, primarily his meeting and falling in love with Martine Aubert, a white Lubandan farmer. Martine's views on what is best for Lubanda are in stark contrast to those held by the country's dictator leader, and, Ray, in misguided love, ultimately deceives Martine. VERDICT Cook's hallmark format of the present mixing with the past is evident. Less a murder mystery, the story is more about love and betrayal. Although not up to par with Cook's previous book, Sandrine's Case, or his Edgar Award-winning The Chatham School Affair, this novel features evocative, descriptive writing, a narrative that maintains interest, and a plot-twist ending. It will appeal to both the author's fans and readers who enjoy more literary and politically oriented stories.-Edward Goldberg, Syosset P.L., NY (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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