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'Intelligent, suspenseful and utterly engrossing'

Femi Kayode



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16 February 2021
'Lightseekers is ripe with all the twists and turns you could hope for... A fast-paced thriller that offers insight into the ever present tensions in a poverty stricken community. An action-packed and spirited debut' Oyinkan Braithwaite, author of My Sister, the Serial Killer Selected as a Best Crime Novel of the Month by The Times, Sunday Times, Independent, Guardian, Observer, Financial Times and Irish Times.

Winner of the 2019 UEA Crime Writing Prize, Lightseekers is the start of a major new crime series introducing investigative psychologist Dr Philip Taiwo.

When three young students are brutally murdered in a Nigerian university town, their killings - and their killers - are caught on social media. The world knows who murdered them; what no one knows is why.

As the legal trial begins, investigative psychologist Philip Taiwo is contacted by the father of one of the boys, desperate for some answers to his son's murder. But Philip is an expert in crowd behaviour and violence, not a detective, and after travelling to the sleepy university town that bore witness to the killings, he soon feels dramatically out of his depth.

Will he finally be able to uncover the truth of what happened to the Okiri Three?
By:   Femi Kayode
Imprint:   Bloomsbury
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm, 
Weight:   652g
ISBN:   9781526617606
ISBN 10:   1526617609
Pages:   432
Publication Date:   16 February 2021
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Femi Kayode trained as a clinical psychologist in Nigeria, before starting a career in advertising. He has created and written several prime-time TV shows. He recently graduated with a distinction from the UEA Creative Writing programme and is currently a PhD candidate at Bath Spa University. He lives in Windhoek, Namibia with his wife and two sons.

Reviews for Lightseekers: 'Intelligent, suspenseful and utterly engrossing'

A superb novel - so inventive and so well done. It's just brilliant -- Harriet Tyce Gripping, beautifully written and unlike anything else you'll read -- William Ryan What a sensational debut. Confident, beautifully-paced writing. Dr Philip Taiwo is a protagonist I want to meet again, and the setting is so well-drawn. Intelligent, suspenseful and utterly engrossing -- Will Dean Thrillingly good. Femi Kayode takes crime fiction - very literally - to new places ... Told from the perspective of a returning expatriate, Lightseekers takes us deep into the rich complexities of contemporary Nigeria -- William Shaw An original and fast-paced thriller that masterfully explores the smoldering historical tensions underpinning modern-day Nigeria, the role of social media, and the complexities of family, friendship and belonging -- Lauren Wilkinson An important story masterfully told -- Leye Adenle An absolutely cracking debut - fresh, unique and beautifully written, a sure-fire candidate for next year's big prizes. In a time when travel is nigh-on impossible, it's wonderful to be transported to another world in such a vivid and memorable fashion -- Trevor Wood [A] page-turner * Cosmopolitan * The gripping tale of the mystery of three young students who are brutally murdered in a Nigerian university town -- Best Books 2021 * Independent * These brand new releases for 2021 will certainly keep you on your toes, promising spine-chilling twists and turns in their pages ... the first in a major new crime series -- Eight Gripping New Novels * Metro * This debut has an intriguing setting - the Nigerian countryside; an engaging fish-out-of-water hero in Dr Philip Taiwo, recently returned after living in the US for years; and a smart plot centring on a covered-up murder -- 75 of the best books for 2021 * iNews * Transporting us to Nigeria, this is an atmospheric, vivid and beautifully written mystery that oozes with intrigue, and a brilliant first novel from the winner of the 2019 UEA Crime Writing Prize * Dead Good Books * The standout thriller of the month ... A stunning murder mystery ... The suspense is expertly handled * Independent * This ambitious debut combines the story of a fish out of water with a gung-ho thriller ... Femi Kayode is an atmospheric writer -- Mark Sanderson * The Times * Femi Kayode offers a frightening picture of a society divided between rich and poor, educated and not, in which corruption and cruelty are practised at all levels and noble intentions are often subverted * Literary Review * A carefully crafted, subtly powerful piece of psychological crime. The first in the Philip Taiwo series of books, Lightseekers has a style and central character with the potential to run and run * Living Magazine * A brilliantly drawn thriller set against the backdrop of Nigerian culture and politics * Heat *

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