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The Stationers' Company
The City of London Livery Company for the Communications and Content Industries


10 JUNE 2024


New book by Liveryman David Worlock

Lagos 1977, the eve of FESTAC, Nigeria’s great celebration of African culture and arts. The body of a young man, Marcus Diello, is found. He has been brutally murdered.


Cyril, a police inspector dealing with his first murder case in the capital since arriving from Benin, faces pressures from his bosses who want the murder swept under the carpet - and from Marcus’s friends and colleagues who demand explanations. Why was an innocent life taken? Was it a ritual murder or robbery?


On the back of Lagos buses, it says: “God’s judgement, no appeal - no telephone to heaven.” With help from Marcus’s three friends and a young Englishman with his own secrets, Cyril is caught up in a world of power politics, gun-running, antiquities smuggling and African nationalism as he attempts to discover why an innocent man bled to death on a Lagos pavement in the early hours of the mornin