|Murder, mystery, and magic mingle in this brilliantly accomplished debut collection, of ten thrilling stories, which explores far-reaching issues – family, love, death, and sexuality – that remarkably shape our quotidian lives.
In “The Nigerian Gigolo,” a male prostitute, wrongly found guilty of viciously killing a wealthy woman, is sentenced to death by hanging. In “The Interview,” seven successful job applicants are transported mysteriously to an ancient chamber where they are the objects of sacrifice in a bizarre and brutal ritual. In “A Different Kind of Love,” a family tragedy puts a loving daughter and her caring father in an unnatural situation, in which, for one of them to live, the other has to die. In “Destination Death,” several fresh graduates, posted to a state in northern Nigeria, for their NYSC programme, are murdered by a terrorist group. And, in the title story, a young and impressionable girl throws caution to the wind and marries her dream man who turns out to be a sexual deviant.
IN THE ARMS OF MIDNIGHT is rich in flesh and blood characters that will stay with readers long after they have finished the book.