Bruce Medway operates as a "fixer" for African and expatriate traders operating out of Benin. It is not life-threatening, until he crosses Madame Severou over a deal to smuggle rice into Nigeria. His client warns him off further involvement and instead asks him to locate a missing employee.
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'Unmissable! Unflinchingly imagined and executed. No hint of competition' Literary Review 'A class act' Sunday Times 'An atmospheric and absorbing debut, Instruments of Darkness vividly paints a credible picture of a world I know almost nothing about. Now I feel I've been there' Val McDermidFrom the Back Cover:
Benin, West Africa. Englishman Bruce Medway operates as a ‘fixer’ for traders along the part of the coast they used to call the White Man's Grave. It's a tough existence, but Medway can handle it…until he comes across the formidable Madame Severnou. Warned off further involvement by his client, Jack Obuasi, his energies are redirected into the search for missing expat, Steven Kershaw.
Kershaw, though, is a man of mystery: trader, artist, womaniser…and sado-masochist. Against background rumblings of political disturbance, in the face of endemic official corruption, egged on by an enigmatic policeman, Medway pursues his elusive quarry with a doggedness even he cannot explain. But as Medway soon learns, nothing in Africa is what it seems, and those who seek the truth find out more that they wish to know…
“Robert Wilson is a class act”
John Dugdale, 'Sunday Times'
“An atmospheric and absorbing debut”
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Book Description HarperCollins, 1995. Book Condition: Very Good. First Edition. N/A. Ships from the UK. Former Library book. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. Bookseller Inventory # GRP86316178
Book Description Collins Crime 26/01/1995, 1995. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. A good clean copy throughout. Hardcover. Bookseller Inventory # 011710-4
Book Description Harper Collins, London UK, 1995. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. First Edition. Ex library (discard) with usual stamps and stickers, protected by mylar style cover. Good solid copy, hinges firm, binding secure. Original blue cloth boards with gilt lettering to spine, very light edge wear to boards. Pages lightly tanned, more so to page edges. Unclipped protected dustwrapper rubbed and chipped to corners, top and tail of spine, with a little creasing ~aa00 Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Ex-Library. Bookseller Inventory # 10850
Book Description Harper Collins - Harpercollins, London, 1995. Hard Cover with Dust Jacket. Book Condition: Good, Ex-Library. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. Crime thriller, set in Benin. Author's first novel. Jacket by Peter Sutton. BOOK:- Library rebind, i.e. not original boards; binding is sound, no loose pages; FFEP has ink name & "Withdrawn" stamp; date stamp on copyright page; RFEP has three ink names; rear pastedown has small library sticker & ink initials; uniform page browning. JACKET:- Intact with price (£14.99 net); edgewear & edge creasing; "V" chipping to spine hinge corners; tattering of the spine heel; 5mm tear at top front flap hinge corner; 3mm tear at 7 o'clock on front panel bottom edge; small rectangular label ghost at top of rear panel; uneven abrasions across the spine heel and surrounds, caused by label removal; small tape removal abrasions on the flap edges (two on each); water stain on the spine heel interior & surrounds, does not show through; some line indentations on the panel surfaces, but no rupture. Scan on request. Bookseller Inventory # 011869
Book Description Harper Collins - Harpercollins, 1995. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. 1st Edition....... UK hardback first impression. Good only with heavy page tanning and some spotting to edges and prelims. The jacket is unclipped with some nicks and rubbing to top of spine and at foldovers. Harper Collins - Harpercollins 1995. Book. Bookseller Inventory # 11475122063
Book Description Collins Crime. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. 0002325217 shelf wear. Bookseller Inventory # BB0018602
Book Description London: HarperCollins, 1995, London, 1995. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Good+. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Hard Cover. Good+/Very Good. First Edition. Ex-Library. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. with usual library markings, stamps, remnants, etc. Hinges reinforced with tape (library practice). Some lightish tanning to paper. Tight clean text pages. DJ (not price-clipped) is in usual library type plastic protector - looks very nice. Authors 1st book and is scarce. Ex-Library. Bookseller Inventory # 000547
Book Description HarperCollins, 1995. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. First Edition. Signed first UK edition (and true first) of author's first book, introducing Bruce Medway, fixer extraordinaire. This copy has a hint of softening at the head of the spine and board corners, and the pageblock is unevenly tanned. The dustwrapper is a bit worn at the extremities from shelfwear and has 2 closed tears (1/4 in. or less) at the top of the spine. The book has never been read, as we acquired it from the author himself. Signed by Robert Wilson on the title page. Signed. Bookseller Inventory # 0804010003
Book Description HarperCollins, London, 1995. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good +. First Edition. True first British edition of the author's first book. A VERY SCARCE title! A FINE book in VERY GOOD PLUS jacket ( small 1/4" chip to bottom of front jacket panel ; one tiny closed tear to top of same and rubbing to top of spine) . Bookseller Inventory # NRNFD038
Book Description HarperCollins, London, 1995. Hardcover. First British edition. Hardcover. First British edition. A fine book in a fine dust jacket.Uneven tanning to the page edges. This is an unread copy of Wilson's first book that introduces the "fixer" and negotiator, Bruce Medway. Wilson later wrote such novels as a Death in Seville and a Small Death in Lisbon. Signed by the author on the title page. A book seldom found signed. This book is from the collection of the late, noted Oklahoma book collector Larry Owens. Bookseller Inventory # 26773