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When schoolgirls begin to disappear on the West African coast, "troubleshooter" Bruce Medway tries to remain detached. Meanwhile, he reluctantly acquires a new job from former nemesis and mafia capo Franconelli. Franconelli gives Bruce forty-eight hours to find a French trader, Mariner, whom not even the mafia has been able to track. Yet as Bruce sets out on his assignment, he is unable to remain disconnected from the mysterious schoolgirl disappearances, and finds that girls, gold, and greed are all interconnected; corruption abounds everywhere. There are no safe havens for Bruce in this situation, and he must devise a scam that risks everything in order to stay alive.

A brilliant follow-up to Blood is Dirt, and the fourth novel in the Bruce Medway series, A Darkening Stain takes Bruce Medway into the darkest territory of West Africa yet.

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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on
ISBN: 9780547538587
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A very nicely done hard-boiled mystery. Very bloody, and a not-resolved look at the nature of corruption, especially in an essentially broken system of authority. The different plot-lines become connected too easily for my taste, and the consequences of the solutions to all the problems are never discussed, and they would be serious psychological and moral consequences if not legal. Such a denouement would have been a nice, heavy conclusion to the themes of the story.Also, my love for Heike as a (minor, relatively) character knows no bounds.more
Not one of my favorite Weldon books. It's a story about feminists, and that's all I remember from it.more

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A very nicely done hard-boiled mystery. Very bloody, and a not-resolved look at the nature of corruption, especially in an essentially broken system of authority. The different plot-lines become connected too easily for my taste, and the consequences of the solutions to all the problems are never discussed, and they would be serious psychological and moral consequences if not legal. Such a denouement would have been a nice, heavy conclusion to the themes of the story.Also, my love for Heike as a (minor, relatively) character knows no bounds.more
Not one of my favorite Weldon books. It's a story about feminists, and that's all I remember from it.more
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