Truth is a Flightless Bird
Noir, Thriller, Crime Fiction, Afro Fiction
On Sale: 10/24/22
292 pgs| 5.25″ X 8″
Nice, an eccentric UN worker, involved in the dangerous world of her drug trafficking boyfriend in Mogadishu, is kidnapped by Hinga, a corrupt police officer working for drug lords, and Ciru, a complicated woman with a tragic past of her own. Her old flame Duncan, a white American pastor, in an attempt to save her is uprooted from his expat middle-class bubble and forced to navigate the moral complexities of the Nairobi underground fraught with characters fighting for survival.
Set against the impending arrival of President Obama to Kenya, Truth is a Flightless Bird, a crime novel, is an exploration of colonialism and current imperial and capitalist structures that create and perpetuate violence.
Truth is a Flightless Bird is a brutal love letter to the frontier town that is present-day Nairobi: a studied observation of the failure of bare-knuckled capitalism, the inequality machines our cities have become, and— ultimately—the profoundly irrational human capacity to hope, to risk everything in order to have something in which to believe. With Truth is a Flightless Bird, Hussain establishes a remarkable voice, one truly his own.
(Truth is a Flightless Bird has been optioned for a TV mini-series)
A lawyer and co-founder of a successful fintech startup, Akbar Hussain lived in Nairobi for 7 years and currently resides in New York.
Praise for Truth is a Flightless Bird
Hussain’s Truth is A Flightless Bird is a fast-paced story set in an
African city that never sleeps. Like the characters of the novel,
he manages to capture a city that’s as unpredictable as it is
memorable. A noteworthy debut.
– Zukiswa Wanner, London Cape Town Joburg
Great stories change the way you see the world. Truth is a
Flightless Bird is a savage love letter to Nairobi, and a chronicle
of the human heart.
– Laurence Daren King, author, Boxy an Star
Truth is a Flightless Bird is a brilliantly pulled-off city noir that
shocks and excites. Akbar has created a delicious blend of
– Leye Adenle, author, When Trouble Sleeps.