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Making Wolf

CWA Gold Dagger for Best Crime Novel, 2021

ebook / ISBN-13: 9781472131195

Price: £8.99

ON SALE: 7th May 2020

Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Crime & Mystery

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Shocking and perceptive’ Guardian

‘It was easy to stay up well past lights out to read just one more chapter – and then one more…’ James Oswald

‘Engaging’ Sunday Times


Meet Weston Kogi, a London supermarket store detective. He returns home to his West African home country for his aunt’s funeral. He sees his family, his ex-girlfriend Nana, his old school mate Church. Food is good, beer is plentiful, and telling people he works as a homicide detective seems like harmless hyperbole, until he wakes up in hell.

He is kidnapped and forced by two separate rebel factions to investigate the murder of a local hero, Papa Busi. The solution may tip a country on the brink into civil war.

Making Wolf is the outrageous, frightening, violent and sometimes surreal homecoming experience of a lifetime.

Praise for Tade Thompson:

‘Breathtaking landscapes and intoxicating food and drink . . . endemic corruption, sultry sexuality and casual, slapdash violence . . . A rock-and-roll edge’ The Financial Times

‘Brutal, uncompromising and thought-provoking . . . superb’ M. W. Craven

‘A magnificent tour de force’ Adrian Tchaikovsky

‘Smart. Gripping. Fabulous!’ Ann Leckie

‘Mesmerising’ M. R. Carey


The fictional country of Alcacia is vividly, lovingly drawn with no blemishes spared: its "blinding retina-shattering sunlight", breathtaking landscapes and intoxicating food and drink. So too is the intensity of human relations: endemic corruption, sultry sexuality and casual, slapdash violence. Thompson . . . brings a rock-and-roll edge to the story
The Financial Times
Alcacia may be fictional, but Thompson knows its land, culture and politics intimately, and brings a palpable sense of threat to this spare, engaging thriller
The Glasgow Herald
Brutal, uncompromising and thought-provoking, this is a superb book
M. W. Craven
With a likable if flawed protagonist, a fast pace and plenty of twists, Making Wolf is both shocking and perceptive
Engaging . . . Thompson is a witty, versatile writer. A British-born psychiatrist, he uses his knowledge of his parents' Yoruba culture to brilliant effect in this unusual addition to the private-eye genre
The Sunday Times
Satisfyingly complicated without ever feeling contrived... such skilled writing it was easy to stay up well past lights out to read just one more chapter - and then one more...
James Oswald