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Corruption, drug smuggling, rampant human rights abuses—New York journalist Lindsay Cameron finds plenty to report, covering the regime of Nigeria’s president, Michael Olumide. But in the aftermath of two probable assassinations, her inquiries attract unwanted government attention. As rebel factions call for free elections, Lindsay races to penetrate the intricate network of corrupt government officials, oil interests, and CIA agents who really run the Nigerian show. Meanwhile, her entanglement with a rare art dealer leads her still deeper into terrain that’s confounding in every respect—from matters of the heart to those of politics and trade. Drawing from Nina Darnton’s own experiences living in Africa during the mid 1970s—including imprisonment in Nigeria with her two small children—An African Affair is an edge-of-your-seat debut thriller in the best selling tradition of The Constant Gardener and The Last King of Scotland.

Praise for An African Affair

An arresting thriller set in one of the world’s most turbulent, least understood countries: nigeria. Darnton’s own background as a journalist in africa gives her work an authentic, sure voice.

Sara Paretsky

Darnton combines real-world events with a fabulous mix of suspense and intrigue. The heroine has a heart as well as a tough right uppercut. The perfect read to enjoy on a lazy day.

Clive Cussler

A gutsy woman journalist up against a terrifying strongman in a corrupt and dangerous african nation—you feel the heat, taste the frustration and smell the fear. You can’t put it down and you can’t see what’s coming. A thrilling read.

Robin Cook

A vivid portrait of a troubled country.

The New York Times

A smart and diverting…international thriller that will satisfy readers looking for new talent and a brisk read.


The sort of political thriller that runs on adrenaline and paranoia…It’s just what you want to read beachside, as you sip a cocktail and revel in the fact that the greatest danger you’ll face is running out of sunscreen.

Doug Childers, Richmond Times Dispatch