Gus Dixon is campaigning for the payment of reparations to Africa by European governments. He needs leading Africans to help so is attracted to Nigerian politician, Dr Akinye Okigbo. Okigbo sees in Gus a tool to further his political ends - by stealing a priceless mask called the "Dancing Face".
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‘This book is brutal, deep, cunning and unbearably beautiful’
Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, Independent
‘Phillips’s writing is charming, cosmopolitan and full of wit… The pace is fast, and the action thrilling. But what makes The Dancing Face stand out is its array of compelling characters and the subtle interplay between them’
Museum piece, priceless artefact, spiritual talisman, political bargaining chip – the Dancing Face, a Beninoise mask now in Britain, means something different to each of those who seek to possess it. But whatever their motivation, such is the lure of the mask that collectors, crooks and politicians alike will stop at nothing – be it murder, kidnapping, blackmail or espionage – to get their hands on it.
Is it the dark power of the Dancing Face itself that causes sinister events to befall those who come in contact with it? Struggling to understand the source of the mask’s power and how best to use it, university lecturer Gus Dixon and his younger brother, Danny, born in Britain of mixed parentage, soon find themselves out if their depth – driven by an idealism that is no match for the ruthless greed of men like corrupt Nigerian exile, Dr Okigbo.
A gripping and original thriller, combining intrigue and action with telling insights into African – European relations and the issue of racial identity.
“A stunning tale encompassing racial and sexual politics, ethics and loyalty … quite an accomplishment”
MAXIM JAKUBOWSKI, 'Time Out'
“Phillips’s writing is charming, cosmopolitan and full of wit. The pace is fast and the action thrilling”
JUSTIN WARSHAW, 'TLS'
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Book Description Collins Crime. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Very good condition - book only shows a small amount of wear. Bookseller Inventory # G0002326299I4N00
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Book Description Harper Collins, London Uk, 1997. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Gus Dixon, a mixed race university lecturer become sinvolved with a campaignt o make reparation to Africa. An African exile Dr Okigbo is recruited to help his cause but his aim is to steal a priceless African mask - the Dancing Face, 256 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 009833
Book Description Collins Crime, London, 1997. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition. Bookseller Inventory # 000847
Book Description London: Harper Collins, 1997, 1997. First UK edition. Novel from the Black British writer. Near fine in similar d/w. Bookseller Inventory # F067
Book Description HarperCollins, London, 1997. Original Cloth. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition. Bold author signature on title page. Browning to page edges. Slight surface wear to jacket. First printing. Signed by Author. Bookseller Inventory # 006211
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Book Description London: HarperCollins, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 1997. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. First UK edition. Murder, kidnapping, espionage, blackmail from the Black British crime writer. Boldly SIGNED. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # J010
Book Description London: Harper Collins Harpercollins, 1997, 1997. Near Fine/Near Fine. 1st Edition. Thriller involving the theft of an African mask of talismanic significance. Jacket by Robin Cracknell. Expanded condition report/scan on request. Bookseller Inventory # 002144
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