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When Dr. Philip Taiwo is called on by a powerful Nigerian politician to investigate the public torture and murder of three university students in remote Port Harcourt, he has no idea that he’s about to be enveloped by a perilous case that is far from cold.
Philip is not a detective. He’s an investigative psychologist, an academic more interested in figuring out the why of a crime than actually solving it. But when he steps off the plane and into the dizzying frenzy of the provincial airport, he soon realizes that the murder of the Okriki Three isn’t as straightforward as he thought. With the help of his loyal and streetwise personal driver, Chika, Philip must work against those actively conspiring against him to parse together the truth of what happened to these students.
A thrilling and atmospheric mystery, and an unforgettable portrait of the contemporary Nigerian sociopolitical landscape, Lightseekers is a wrenching novel tackling the porousness between the first and third worlds, the enduring strength of tribalism and homeland identity, and the human need for connection in the face of isolation.
longlisted for the 2022 CWA Gold Dagger
"This is [Kayode's] first novel, and a delight it is....The book introduces the forces at play in contemporary Nigeria as well as serving as a warning against mob mentality — and a reminder of how readily people fall into it."
—Oyinkan Braithwaite, author of Los Angeles Times Book Prize-winning My Sister, the Serial Killer
—Lauren Wilkinson, Edgar Award-winning author of American Spy
—Alex Segura, author of Silent City and Star Wars Poe Dameron: Free Fall
—Leye Adenle, author of Easy Motion Tourist
"Lightseekers is a dynamic and feverishly excited thrill ride of a novel. Kayode’s psychologist narrator is headed to a small college town in the heart of Nigeria to investigate the murders of three students....Perfect for those who grew up in towns full of very loud college students."—Molly Odintz, CrimeReads
—Trevor Wood, author of the CWA John Creasey Dagger Award-winning The Man on the High Street
—Holly Watt, author of To The Lions and winner of the CWA Steel Dagger Award
—William Shaw, author of The Birdwatcher
"There’s a lot about social expectations and access to resources in this novel, but it’s also a solid detective story with a sympathetic protag in Philip Taiwo, and plenty of twists and surprising connections in his investigations.—The Fiction Addiction
—Cosmopolitan UK, 69 books by Black and POC authors out in 2021
—Independent, Best Books 2021
—Metro, Eight Gripping New Novels
—iNews, 75 of the best books for 2021