Chenai "Ce-Ce" and Farai Chisango of the Dread Eye Detective Agency are a sister and brother team of private investigators operating out of Chitungwiza, Zimbabwe. This is the first of a series of pacey stories, reminiscent of the Macmillan Pacesetters series of the 80s and 90s reflect the author's desire to counter the prevalent negative image of Rastafarian people in Zimbabwe and his grasp of contemporary African and world affairs Uriah's Vengeance is an action packed novel about power, money, love and deceit, hate and crime, a syndrome affecting the emerging bourgeoisie class in Zimbabwe and other developing countries. Ce-Ce and Farai are assigned by the wife of a wealthy businessman to protect him from a possible attempt on his life by an extortionist. Despite their efforts, he is brutally murdered in one of his homes and they have to find his killer. Clues point to a quest for revenge for a terrible wrong dating back to Zimbabwe's war for independence. However as the sister and brother duo uncover the past, shocking discoveries suggest a motive much closer to the ethos of contemporary society; sheer avarice.
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I first wrote 6 episodes for a detective series I hoped to pitch to MABC, but that station shut down before I could pitch the idea. After I published The Man who turned into a Rastafarian around 1997, I found the old teleplays on some floppy disks. The only major change I have made to the concept is that of Zimbabwean young people returning to rebuild Zimbabwe after fleeing the regime's resolution to bring the country to the ground before ceding to the forces of democracy. While trying to steer from the politics, I try to highling the need for Zimbabweans to return to their hometowns if the fruits of our time abroad are to be enjoyed by the entire country rather than just Harare. Another change is that certain crimes, which were unheard of in the 90s, have appeared on the Zimbabwean landscape.
Uriah's Vengeance is only the first, and I am overwhelmed by the global reception. There are not that many depictions of Rastafarian people in fiction, and certainly not that many of female Rastafarians. Some of the back-story, alluded to throughout the series, will be told in the first short novel in an omnibus. The global reception has also inspired me to locate some of the books in the countries where I have received the largest feedback.
Masimba Musodza has been described as the "Rasta Hemmingway" for his depiction of Rastafarian people in fiction. Born in Zimbabwe, he now lives in Middlesbrough, the United Kingdom. A screenwriter and film maker, Musodza also finds time for amateur dramatics. Uriah's Vengeance is the first of the Dread Eye Detective novels. Musodza also writes science-fiction and horror, and has pioneered this genre in his native ChiShona language. It is for the Dread Eye Detective novels that he was gained international attention. Uriah's Vengeance has been translated in to Italian.
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