Murder in the Pacific: Ifira Point

Murder in the Pacific: Ifira Point
Author: Matt Francis
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 261
Release: 2023-08-02
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 192289690X

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Esther Paul is 12 years old. She is reported missing on Vanuatu local radio. Two days later her body is found floating in the sea off Ifira Point in Vanuatu. Limited forensics means Sergeant George Long and Constable Jayline Oli do not know if they are investigating a murder or accident. A head wound would suggest Esther was murdered. Who would want to kill a young school girl? What secrets is she hiding? Given the precarious state of the Vanuatu Police Force, George and Jayline have their work cut out, being transported in Port Vila's most decrepit and unsafe taxi van driven by Jayline's aspiring boyfriend. George's own unrequited love for a Vanuatu radio newsreader also impacts the investigation. From Mele Beach at one end of Port Vila to Pango at the other, George and Jayline are challenged by Vanuatu’s broken roads, empty restaurants, confusing cultural norms as well as the extravagances and corruption of foreign aid as they attempt to solve the mysterious death. Matt Francis' debut novel is a tour de force both in its vivid descriptions of warts-and-all Vanuatu and its ability to suck the reader into the frustrating investigation of its likeable detective. A thoroughly enjoyable read. Colin Cotterill, best-selling crime fiction author. I was really intrigued because the place setting is an integral "character" of the book. A great read. Emily Webb, best-selling true crime author and podcaster. I finished reading Ifira Point and was sorry to come to the end of it. I found myself thinking “Please don’t end yet.” Dr Elizabeth Braithwaite, literary scholar

Murder in the Pacific: Mt Yasur

Murder in the Pacific: Mt Yasur
Author: Matt Francis
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 271
Release: 2024-01-03
Genre: True Crime
ISBN: 1923004778

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In the heart of Vanuatu's Tanna island, Hu Lee, the leader of an aid agency, meets a tragic end, fatally stabbed amidst a tsunami evacuation drill. With no witnesses, Sergeant George Long, visiting for the wedding of Constable Jayline Oli, is thrust into the role of lead investigator. Ordered by his superiors in Vila, he delves into a perplexing case that draws the attention of the Vanuatu Government, police force, and Chinese Embassy. As George and partner Jayline Oli dig deeper, a web of debts owed to Lee surfaces, revealing a growing list of potential motives and suspects. Their path to the truth is fraught with obstacles. Hindered by uncooperative local law enforcement, an unexpected visit from a Chinese Embassy official, and the unsettling possibility of family involvement, George and Jayline must traverse Vanuatu's rugged terrain – from the historic town of Lenakel to the summit of Mt Yasur, an active volcano. As the investigation unfolds, George's mixed heritage adds another layer of complexity, further entangling him in a case that becomes increasingly personal. While George's own life unravels and with stunning landscapes as a backdrop, the duo races against time to untangle a web of secrets and deception …

Murder in the Pacific: Mt Yasur

Murder in the Pacific: Mt Yasur
Author: Matt Francis
Publisher:
Total Pages: 0
Release: 2024-01-03
Genre:
ISBN: 9781923004764

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In the heart of Vanuatu's Tanna island, Hu Lee, the leader of an aid agency, meets a tragic end, fatally stabbed amidst a tsunami evacuation drill. With no witnesses, Sergeant George Long, visiting for the wedding of Constable Jayline Oli, is thrust into the role of lead investigator. Ordered by his superiors in Vila, he delves into a perplexing case that draws the attention of the Vanuatu Government, police force, and Chinese Embassy. As George and partner Jayline Oli dig deeper, a web of debts owed to Lee surfaces, revealing a growing list of potential motives and suspects. Their path to the truth is fraught with obstacles. Hindered by uncooperative local law enforcement, an unexpected visit from a Chinese Embassy official, and the unsettling possibility of family involvement, George and Jayline must traverse Vanuatu's rugged terrain - from the historic town of Lenakel to the summit of Mt Yasur, an active volcano. As the investigation unfolds, George's mixed heritage adds another layer of complexity, further entangling him in a case that becomes increasingly personal. While George's own life unravels and with stunning landscapes as a backdrop, the duo races against time to untangle a web of secrets and deception ...

Ghosts in the Fog

Ghosts in the Fog
Author: Nathan Best
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 408
Release: 2023-08-02
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 1923004107

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Damien Hunter has escaped to the frigid and untamed Russian-controlled Arctic, leaving behind the Taipan Organisation. Scarred and traumatised from combat missions without end, Damien conceals himself among the offshore workers on the Nevzgody gas platform. For the glory of Chechnya, fanatical separatist leader Sheikh Taimieov plans a terrorist strike against the heart of Russia’s economy. He entrusts his loyal commander Talhig Chechenskiy with the perilous mission in the unforgiving and unprotected Arctic gas fields. Major Georgiy Urvantsev commands an Alpha Unit of Russia’s federal security service, the FSB. Warned of a terror attack, Georgiy feels like he is chasing ghosts, locked in a running battle with Talhig’s fighters. Georgiy must engage all his skills and resources to defend his country. Damien is thrown into combat when he is caught up in the assault on the platform. Unbeknown to Damien, Taipan accepts a contract to take back the facility and inserts a team. Damien is forced into a mission he wants no part of. He and Taipan 21 form an uneasy alliance out of necessity. Unlike the men of Taipan 21, however, Damien tries to save lives while engaging the fanatical fighters. The Russian Arctic is stained by the devastation of this conflict.

Murder at Cape Three Points

Murder at Cape Three Points
Author: Kwei Quartey
Publisher:
Total Pages: 0
Release: 2014
Genre: FICTION
ISBN: 9781616953898

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At Cape Three Points on the beautiful Ghanaian coast, a canoe washes up at an oil rig site. The two bodies in the canoe - who turn out to be a prominent, wealthy, middle-aged married couple - have obviously been murdered. DI Darko Dawson of the Accra police force is sent out to investigate. Three Points has long been inhabited by tribal villages, but real estate entrepreneurs and wealthy oil companies have been trying to bribe the tribes to move out. Dawson roots out a host of motives for murder, ranging from personal vendettas to corporate conspiracies.

Murder at Whitefish Point

Murder at Whitefish Point
Author: Michael Carrier
Publisher: Greenwich Village Ink
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2017-04-25
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 9781936092451

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The two women were at Whitefish Point in order to watch the migrating birds. But what they saw scared one of them to death. The author tells this story like Stephen King would. This book is not to be read if you want to sleep. It is also recommended that the reader not be alone when reading it. This is what readers are saying about the whole Jack Handler saga: Move over, Patterson, I now have a new favorite author, Jack and his daughter make a great tag team, great intrigue, and diversions. I have a cabin on Sugar Island and enjoyed the references to the locations. I met the author at Joey's (the real live Joey) coffee shop up on the hill, great writer, good stuff. I don't usually finish a book in the course of a week, but read this one in two sittings so it definitely had my attention. I am looking forward to the next installment. Bravo. -- Northland Press My husband is not a reader--he probably hasn't read a book since his last elementary school book report was due. But ... he took my copy of Murder on Sugar Island to deer camp and read the whole thing in two days. After he recommended the book to me, I read it--being the book snob that I am, I thought I had the whole plot figured out within the first few pages, but a few chapters later, I was mystified once again. After that surprise ending, we ordered the other two Getting to Know Jack books. -- Erin W. I enjoyed this book very much. It was very entertaining, and the story unfolded in a believable manner. Jack Handler is a likable character. But you would not like to be on his wrong side. Handler made that very clear in Jack and the New York Death Mask. This book (Murder on Sugar Island) was the first book in the Getting to Know Jack series that I read. After I read Death Mask, I discovered just how tough Jack Handler really was. I heard that Carrier is about to come out with another Jack Handler book--a sequel to Superior Peril. I will read it the day it becomes available. And I will undoubtedly finish it before I go to bed. If he could write them faster, I would be happy. -- Deb Left on the edge of my seat after the last book, I could not wait for the next chapter to unfold and Michael Carrier did not disappoint! I truly feel I know his characters better with each novel and I especially like the can-do/will-do attitude of Jack. Keep up the fine work, Michael, and may your pen never run dry! -- SW

Pentecostalism and Witchcraft

Pentecostalism and Witchcraft
Author: Knut Rio
Publisher: Springer
Total Pages: 315
Release: 2017-10-29
Genre: Social Science
ISBN: 3319560689

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This open access book presents fresh ethnographic work from the regions of Africa and Melanesia—where the popularity of charismatic Christianity can be linked to a revival and transformation of witchcraft. The volume demonstrates how the Holy Spirit has become an adversary to the reconfirmed presence of witches, demons, and sorcerers as manifestations of evil. We learn how this is articulated in spiritual warfare, in crusades, and in healing or witch-killing raids. The contributors highlight what happens to phenomena that people address as locally specific witchcraft or sorcery when re-molded within the universalist Pentecostal demonology, vocabulary, and confrontational methodology.

Vanuatu's 1980 Santo Rebellion

Vanuatu's 1980 Santo Rebellion
Author: Matthew Gubb
Publisher: Conran Octopus
Total Pages: 98
Release: 1994
Genre: Espíritu Santo Island (Vanuatu)
ISBN:

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Land and Women

Land and Women
Author: Kristina E. Stege
Publisher:
Total Pages: 122
Release: 2008
Genre: Land tenure
ISBN: 9789822020120

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Witchcraft, Intimacy, and Trust

Witchcraft, Intimacy, and Trust
Author: Peter Geschiere
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Total Pages: 322
Release: 2013-08-09
Genre: Social Science
ISBN: 022604775X

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In Dante’s Inferno, the lowest circle of Hell is reserved for traitors, those who betrayed their closest companions. In a wide range of literatures and mythologies such intimate aggression is a source of ultimate terror, and in Witchcraft, Intimacy, and Trust, Peter Geschiere masterfully sketches it as a central ember at the core of human relationships, one brutally revealed in the practice of witchcraft. Examining witchcraft in its variety of forms throughout the globe, he shows how this often misunderstood practice is deeply structured by intimacy and the powers it affords. In doing so, he offers not only a comprehensive look at contemporary witchcraft but also a fresh—if troubling—new way to think about intimacy itself. Geschiere begins in the forests of southeast Cameroon with the Maka, who fear “witchcraft of the house” above all else. Drawing a variety of local conceptions of intimacy into a global arc, he tracks notions of the home and family—and witchcraft’s transgression of them—throughout Africa, Europe, Brazil, and Oceania, showing that witchcraft provides powerful ways of addressing issues that are crucial to social relationships. Indeed, by uncovering the link between intimacy and witchcraft in so many parts of the world, he paints a provocative picture of human sociality that scrutinizes some of the most prevalent views held by contemporary social science. One of the few books to situate witchcraft in a global context, Witchcraft, Intimacy, and Trust is at once a theoretical tour de force and an empirically rich and lucid take on a difficult-to-understand spiritual practice and the private spaces throughout the world it so greatly affects.