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HEAT MUKOMA WA NGUGI

MELVILLEHOUSE BROOKLYN, NEW YORK

ME LVI LLE I NTE R NATIONAL CR I ME


To Meja Mwangi and David Mailu for blurring the margins Acknowledgements

Without much discussion and constant critique a novel such as this would be all the poorer. So, thanks to Kristin Waller, Keenan Schofield, Megan Frantz and my wife Maureen Burke for their candid, useful and some might say merciless responses. Also thanks to Sophie Hoult at David Godwin Associates and Penguin South Africa for investing time, energy and resources in the project. And, finally, thanks to James Woodhouse for making the editing process not only painless but more importantly creative.

Nairobi Heat Š 2010 Mukoma Wa Ngugi First Melville House printing: August 2011 Melville House Publishing 145 Plymouth Street Brooklyn, NY 11201 www.mhpbooks.com isbn: 978-1-61219-007-5


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M U KO M A WA N G U G I was born in Illinois but raised in Kenya. The son of world-renowned African writer and Nobel finalist, Ngugi wa Thiongâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;o, his own poetry and fiction has been short-listed for the Caine Prize for African writing in 2009, and for the 2010 Penguin Prize for African Writing. He lives in Stamford, Connecticut.


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