Treachery in the Yard - A review

 Posted by Myne Whitman      76 views  Book Reviews
Sep 012010

This story is set in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. Detective Tamunoemi Peterside investigates a bombing at the residence of Pius Okpara, who is contesting for governor in the state primaries. No one was killed in the bombing but there is an attempt on the life of the only witness, a judge’s wife, that same night. Another attempt is successful and so starts a murder investigation.

Tammy suspects Okpara’s aide who he assumes is in cahoots with their political opponent, Dr. Puene, but the state chief of police orders him to drop the case because he’s wrong. Along the line, the reason to lay off Puene is that he is part of a bigger investigation into the mafia and drugs in the city. Tammy doesn’t drop the case, and the body count quickly rises after the first witness as Puene’s associates, and even Tammy’s partner are killed.

I liked Treachery in the Yard because it was a story first and foremost. The police procedural wrapped in the plot is very minimal. What is obvious is that respect for procedure among the Nigerian police is not a big deal. Even Tammy has no patience for procedure and just does what he needs to do. The nominal procedure is not surprising because most Nigerians know that the Nigerian police lacks resources, like Tammy complains about lack of forensic backing, saying that officers have to rely on “experience, common sense, instinct, judgment.”

That said, as short as Treachery in the Yard is - at about 150 pages, it keeps you guessing to the end. It also opened my eyes a bit to what police cases and work may be like in Nigeria. The truth is that the NPF is so far from the rest of the Nigerian society and maybe it is time such stories are told to bring them closer.

I certainly look forward to more from Adimchinma Ibe since this is supposed to be the first in a series.

Myne Whitman @Myne-Whitman

Avatar of Myne WhitmanMyne Whitman is a pseudonym. I am a Nigerian author, blogger and publisher. My debut novel A Heart to Mend was self-published in 2009. I now have two books in print and work to use new and social media to promote aspiring writers, Nigerian books and reading. After a postgrad degree and a few years in Edinburgh, Scotland, I now live in the United States with my husband and write full-time.

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  9 Responses to “Treachery in the Yard - A review”

Comments (9)
  1. The more i hear about this book, the more i like. This is an on-point review, Myne. Tells us the plot without revealing the details. Nice!

  2. Another review on ‘Treachery in the yard’! Okay Myne I am done reading the reviews, where can I get the book?

  3. hmmm looks like an interesting read,where can I get the book,duh?


  5. Nice review Myne; thanks! Tells enough to keep us salivating for more.

    “Even Tammy has no patience for procedure and just does what he needs to do.” reminds me of Jack Bauer (24) lol

  6. ice review … longing to read the contents!

  7. So where’s the book. Saw the excerpt that was posted and I know I’d like to read this.

  8. nice,promises to be a good read.

  9. Sounds promising especially if it sheds even just a sliver of light on the workings of the NPF…I’ll hunt for my copy asap.Thanks for sharing.

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