Ritu Roy, a constable with an all-female United Nations peacekeeping unit in Darfur, Sudan, has been shot dead. Her superiors call it a random shooting. Her best friend thinks otherwise. She’s found a bullet casing from a sniper’s rifle, an uncommon weapon in the refugee camp. The case remains closed until Valentin Vermeulen arrives to conduct a routine audit. As an investigator with the UN Office of Internal Oversight Services, his job is to ferret out fraud. The casing is the first clue that Ritu may have stumbled onto a major criminal operation. Solving the mystery of Ritu’s death leads Vermeulen down a perilous path. With the help of journalist Tessa Bishonga, he visits the hidden camp of a notorious rebel leader. On the streets of Port Sudan he dodges a parade of shady characters. In the end, Vermeulen must expose the players in the not so “legitimate” business of supplying weapons to Sudan … before they can hunt him down.
About Michael Niemann (Ashland, Oregon Author)
Michael Niemann grew up in a small town in Germany, ten kilometers from the Dutch border. Crossing that border often at a young age sparked in him a curiosity about the larger world. He studied political science at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms Universität in Bonn and international studies at the University of Denver. During his academic career he focused his work on southern Africa and frequently spent time in the region.
His first fiction publication was the story "Africa Always Needs Guns," which appeared in the 2012 Mystery Writers of America anthology "Vengeance," edited by Lee Child. Valentin Vermeulen, his protagonist, first appeared in that story. This story is now available as a Kindle Single.
Since then, Valentin Vermeulen has appeared in two novels, "Legitimate Business" and "Illicit Trade," and two more stories, "Big Dreams Cost Too Much" and "Some Kind of Justice." The next Vermeulen novel "Illegal Holdings" will come on March 1, 2018.