Intrigue on the white sands of the Indian Ocean. From the award-winning author of Clifford’s Spiral.
Novelist Jones won six book awards in 2020, including Gold and Silver in the Mystery category of the New York City Big Book Awards, as well as Distinguished Favorite in Literary Fiction from the Independent Press Awards for Clifford’s Spiral. About that book, Don Sloan of Publishers Daily Reviews said: “Gerald Everett Jones … arguably is doing the best work of his career. We predict that he lacks only a mention in The New York Review of Books or, better yet, Oprah, to become a nationwide best-selling author. Five-plus stars to Clifford’s Spiral, a truly literary novel if ever there was one. We say in all seriousness that if you only read one novel this year, this should be it.”
We met with Gerald Everett Jones on our Taste Of Ink LIVE podcast, and asked the question is Love Transactional and is Self-Publishing the future? ? What can one discover while on an African adventure? Award-winning author and traveler Gerald Everett Jones raises these questions and more in his 11th novel: Harry Harambee’s Kenyan Sundowner. It is the story of a lonely and misguided widower who travels to East Africa in search of a good time. What he gets instead is a whole new reason to live.
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A lonely widower from Los Angeles buys a tour package to East Africa on the promise of hookups and parties. What he finds instead are new reasons to live. Aldo Barbieri, a slick Italian tour operator, convinces Harry to join a group of adventuresome “voluntourists.” In a resort town on the Indian Ocean, Harry doesn’t find the promised excitement with local ladies. But in the supermarket, he meets Esther Mwemba, a demure widow who works as a bookkeeper. The attraction is strong and mutual, but Harry gets worried when he finds out that Esther and Aldo have a history. They introduce him to Victor Skebelsky, rumored to be the meanest man in town. Skebelsky has a plan to convert his grand colonial home and residential compound into a rehab center – as a tax dodge. The scheme calls for Harry to head up the charity. He could live like a wealthy diplomat and it won’t cost him a shilling! Harry has to come to terms with questions at the heart of his character: Is corruption a fact of life everywhere? Is all love transactional? Harry Harambee’s Kenyan Sundowner is an emotional story of ex-pat intrigue in Africa, reminiscent of The Heart of the Matter by Graham Greene and The Constant Gardener by John le Carré.