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A Death in Kenya: The Murder of Julie Ward - SIGNED 1st Edition/1st Printing

Hiltzik, Michael A.

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ISBN 10: 038530191X / ISBN 13: 9780385301916
Published by Delacorte Press, New York, 1991
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Fine condition 1st Edition/1st Printing SIGNED by the author in our presence at the Los Angeles Festival of Books on the title page without inscription. The upper right corner of the front cover is just barely bumped and there is one tiny spot on the bottom of the book (outer page edges). Those are the book's only flaws. All else is in As-New condition. Dust jacket is completely clean and unmarked and is not price-clipped. It does have very slight rub wear on the back panel and one 1/4" closed edge tear on the top edge at the seam between front inside flap and front panel. Will be bubble-wrapped and shipped in a sturdy box to ensure safe delivery. Bookseller Inventory # ABH576

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Title: A Death in Kenya: The Murder of Julie Ward -...

Publisher: Delacorte Press, New York

Publication Date: 1991

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Investigative reporter Michael Hiltzik presents the riveting stort of Julie Ward, her violent death, the vicious cover-up and her father's relentless search for the truth of what really happened to his daughter during her last days. In 1988, a young British photographer on a 6-moth tour of Kenya vanished in the famous Masai Mara Game Reserve. The Kenyan government claimed she was a victim of an accident, killed by a wild animal but that was just a cover-up. The real answer was explosively shocking. A riveting story that reads like fiction and will keep the reader's interest to the very last page.

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The death of Julie Ward in a Kenyan game park made headlines around the world in 1989, and her murderers have yet to be tried. In the meantime, Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times bureau chief in Nairobi, offers an insightful report that's as much about contemporary Africa as about her murder. Ward, a beloved daughter and exemplary employee, went to Africa in her 20s and fell in love with the continent. She traveled widely, spending the most time in Kenya, where she hoped one day to live permanently. Before she returned to England in September 1989, she made a brief trip to the Masai Mara Game Reserve. Friends became alarmed when the usually reliable woman failed to return to Nairobi, and a search was immediately organized. Julie's father, John Ward, a self-made and successful businessman, flew out to help; dismayed by the Kenyan police's handling of the investigation, he began to conduct his own. A charred limb and part of a skull were found, as well as Julie's Suzuki, stuck in the mud, with the letters ``SOS'' scrawled in mud on the roof. At first, Kenyan authorities insisted she'd been eaten by animals. Autopsy reports were tampered with, witnesses not questioned, and evidence never collected. But John Ward persisted, and at a preliminary inquiry the Kenyan judge finally ruled that Julie had indeed been murdered. According to Hiltzik, the Kenyans' unhelpful responses were partly a reflection of poor police methods and corruption, but were motivated also by the fear that a verdict of murder could harm tourism, a major industry. And, indeed, when other tourist murders occurred, the Kenyan government finally brought in Scotland Yard to help find the culprits. Sympathetic and sensitive reporting, as well as an astute commentary on the problems of maintaining an independent judicial system in a one-party state. (Eight pages of b&w photographs--not seen.) -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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