Impassioned defense of Kenyan wildlife from second-novelist McQuillan, whose heroine, Jazz Jasper (Deadly Safari, 1990), now calls on longtime friend Emmet Laird, champion of the Save the Elephant cause, only to find him dead at his camp in the African bush, while his estranged wife Alicia and her latest lover Greg waffle about what they're doing at the site. Elephant-and-baboon researcher Mikki, Emmet's married lover and Jazz's good friend, hires Jazz to investigate, and she soon discovers: a rift between Emmet and his son from his first marriage and his daughter from his second; poachers slaughtering elephants; a wealthy Japanese slavering over ivory tusks; and a will that left nominal sums to all save Mikki, who was left a bundle. Meanwhile, Nairobi inspector Omondi is methodically chasing red herrings, while Jazz fends off machetes, rifle butts, rope burns, and imminent death by enforced drowning before she sets a trap for Emmet's murderer.... Unforgettable depictions of elephant slaughter, baboon mating habits, etc. An intelligent, at times lyrical, African adventure, told from a moderate feminist perspective.
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