‘When Trouble Sleeps’ a new thriller that sets the scene for Nigeria’s 2019 elections

Leye Adenle, the author of the award-winning crime novel ‘Easy Motion Tourist’, has just come out with another tour-de-force in the genre, ‘When Trouble Sleeps’, which is a sequel to ‘Easy Motion Tourist’ and which will be released on 25 September 2018 (and 3 April 2019 in the US).

With Nigeria’s election less than a year away, this thriller may read like a fictional version of what the country might expect just before, during, and after the general elections: political intrigue, plotting, corruption, attempts at intimidation, and maybe even murder. The story line in ‘When Trouble Sleeps’ reminded me of the real-life recollections by Bolaji Abdullahi in his book (‘On a Platter of Gold’, mini review here) about his time on the inside of President Goodluck Jonathan’s presidency and election.

The strong points of Leye Adenle’s books not only lie in his exquisite storytelling and suspense-building skills, but also in his character-building prowess and the overall enticing nature of the protagonist Amaka. She is a strong-willed, determined, and courageous woman who fights for the rights of sex workers in Lagos and other vulnerable women. She seeks justice for her ‘proteges’ but she has also taken on the fight against corruption and the unchecked abuse of poor women at the hands of rich and powerful men, most often politicians.

The book shines a light on well-loved themes such as political intrigue and corruption, with its very own Nigerian twist. It is a refreshing breath of air in Crime Fiction, which is currently one of publishing’s most popular and rising genres. Fans of crime fiction and lovers of Nigerian literature, such as myself, will not be disappointed by ‘Easy Motion Tourist’ and ‘When Trouble Sleeps’. While I don’t normally read crime fiction (the closest to this genre that I’ve recently picked up was the dystopian crime novel ‘Fatherland’ by Robert Harris, and I stopped reading it about halfway through, because it just was not for me), I sped through the two books by Adenle in no time, which goes to show that he managed to enthral even the most reluctant of crime fiction readers.

Both of Adenle’s novels have been published by Cassava Republic, which also came out with the ground-breaking collection of essays by queer Nigerian women ‘She Called Me Woman’, and the fantastic new novel by Ayesha Harruna Attah ‘The Hundred Wells of Salaga’ (to name but a few of their exquisite publications).

*Both ‘Easy Motion Tourist’ and ‘When Trouble Sleeps’ were sent to me by Cassava Republic free of charge.