By William Boyd
Within the small African republic of Kinjanja, British diplomat Morgan Leafy bumbles seriously via his task. His love of ladies, his fondness for drink, and his loathing for the rustic end up ambitious stumbling blocks on his street to any form of good fortune. but if he turns into an operative in Operation Kingpin and is charged with tracking front runner in Kinjanja's nationwide elections, Morgan senses a chance to accomplish genuine expert attractiveness and, extra importantly, reassignment.
After he reveals himself being blackmailed, clinically determined with a venereal disorder, trying bribery, and confounded with a lifeless physique, Morgan realizes that little or no goes in keeping with plan.
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A Good Man in Africa: A Novel by William Boyd