‘Sir, Raspberry is here. Should I send him in?’
Finally, the governor thought. He was already getting worried.
‘Yes, please’, he said simply.
Raspberry was the codename for his special advisor on security issues. (…) The governor’s codename was Goldmine. Desmond Ekwueme, a.k.a Raspberry, was a trusted friend and close confidant of the governor. They had attended the same university where they had been roommates. Their bond grew stronger when they had been posted to the same state for their National Youth Service. Desmond went on to join the military and even went on a peacekeeping mission to Sierra Leone. He retired after one year and started to work as a private investigator. When Tony became governor, he gave Desmond employment with the state. On paper, it read that Desmond was a special advisor on security but between the two men, Desmond’s role was much deeper than that.
September 2009 : when caught in the act with an obscene tape that could ruin his career and family life, Tony turns to Bolaji The Fixer to save him.
June 2014 : Tony is now stae governor. Desmond Ekwueme aka “Raspberry”, his close friend, is planning on taking the Fixer down, despite the solid network that surrounds this dangerous and fascinating character. Nevertheless, over the years, Tony gradually understands this character who becomes a victim of his own immense influence.
In this brilliant novella set in Rivers State, Nigeria, in a place where money and power control people’s lives, Maxim Kanebi creates a dense, gripping story peopled by memorable characters : Desmond, Tony, The Fixer are masterfully crafted and very true to life, embodying good and evil, morality and immorality, truth and lies constantly that change shapes. Through the fragmented chronology and the web of obscure characters, Maxim Kanebi seeks to “showcase the Nigerian political landscape”, mixing the ingredients of a thriller story with social criticism.
A great first novella from a promising author.
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The Fixer by Maxim Kanebi
979-8566898032 / Independently published (November 18, 2020)
Ioana Danaila was born in Romania. She has a PhD in Nigerian postcolonial literature and a First degree in French for Non-Francophone people. She is also the author of a collection of short stories and translated books from French to Romanian. Trilingual in Romanian, French and English, she teaches English language and literature to highschool students in France.