Leye Adenle returns with a new crime novel, “Unfinished Business”

With a punishing intensity, full of twists and turns,Leye Adenle’s new book, Unfinished Business, set for release on November 15, 2022, oscillates with scandal, corruption and sleaze.

Dead pastors. Corrupt government officials. And over 100 million dollars unaccounted for. Amaka is back in this electrifying third instalment in the Amaka Thriller Series.

A frantic phone call interrupts Amaka Mbadiwe’s new life in London. A renowned pastor has been assassinated in his hotel room while one of her girls, Funke, hid naked and terrified inside a sofa. Amaka is headed back to Lagos, and to a new world of private jets, money-laundering and mega-churches. With her trusted ally Police Inspector Ibrahim out of the country, and the hostile Inspector Musa breathing down her neck, Amaka must race against the clock to rescue Funke and untangle this twisted web of religion, power and politics.

Cassava Republic Press announced the book in September as “a thrilling forthcoming release”. The third book in the critically acclaimed, Amaka Thriller Series according to the publisher, “takes readers to Lagos, Nigeria through a tangled web of corruption, looted funds, sex workers and dead pastors. A frantic phone call interrupts the formidable Amaka Mbadiwe’s new life in London. Now back in Lagos, Amaka is determined to unravel this web of mega-churches and money-laundering”.

Unfinished Business is a timely exploration of corruption, and all that goes on behind the veil of religion, power and politics, while adding to its extensive noir-style list. 

“Fast paced, packed with intensity, twists and turns, this is a perfect read for lovers of crime fiction”.

Cassava Republic says that the book is important not only because it is a timely exploration of the corruption that can occur behind the scenes of mega-churches, but also that it is set in a sunny Lagos brought thrillingly to life, and will introduce lovers of crime fiction to a new setting ripe for intrigue in this Naija Noir. 

The book also features a formidable and multi-dimensional leading lady of crime writing in Amaka, continuing her crusade to look after the city’s sex workers 

Adenle is the author of the award-winning Amaka thriller series, Easy Motion Tourist and When Trouble Sleeps. He is also a contributor to Lagos Noir (Akashic Books, 2018) and Sunshine Noir (White Sun Books, 2016). His short story “The Assassin” was shortlisted for the CWA Short Story Dagger 2017. Adenle is from a family of writers, the most famous of whom was his grandfather, Oba Adeleye Adenle I, a former king of Osogbo in South West Nigeria. He lives in London and has appeared on BBC Radio 4’s Open Book and is a regular panellist at literary and crime festivals. ​

The series has been translated into French, Spanish and German with the first book Easy Motion Tourist winning Le Prix Marianne at the Salon du Polar du Pau in 2016. 


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