In the small African republic of Kinjanja, British diplomat Morgan Leafy bumbles heavily through his job. His love of women, his fondness for drink, and his loathing for the country prove formidable obstacles on his road to any kind of success. But when he becomes an operative in Operation Kingpin and is charged with monitoring the front runner in Kinjanja's national elections, Morgan senses an opportunity to achieve real professional recognition and, more importantly, reassignment.
After he finds himself being blackmailed, diagnosed with a venereal disease, attempting bribery, and confounded with a dead body, Morgan realizes that very little is going according to plan.
William Boyd’s first novel,
A Good Man in Africa , won a Whitbread Prize and a Somerset Maugham Award; his second,
An Ice-Cream War , was awarded the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize;
Brazzaville Beach won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize; and
The Blue Afternoon won the Los Angeles Times Prize for Fiction. Boyd lives in London.