Ivory Ghosts: A Catherine Sohon Elephant Mystery
“The scientist that Caitlin O’Connell is shines through her first work of fiction, a thriller set against the illegal ivory poaching trade in Africa. With descriptions and dialect so real you feel as if you might be turning pages while sitting deep in the bush, and a skillful narrative that teaches while it thrills, this novel is a win for any animal lover or reader with a conservationist’s heart.”—Jodi Picoult, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Leaving Time
INTERNATIONAL THRILLER WRITERS AWARD FINALIST • In a blockbuster debut thriller brimming with majestic wildlife, village politics, and international intrigue, a chilling quadruple homicide raises the stakes in the battle to save Africa’s elephants.
Still grieving over the tragic death of her fiancé, American wildlife biologist Catherine Sohon leaves South Africa and drives to a remote outpost in northeast Namibia, where she plans to face off against the shadowy forces of corruption and relentless human greed in the fight against elephant poaching. Undercover as a census pilot tracking the local elephant population, she’ll really be collecting evidence on the ruthless ivory traffickers.
But before she even reaches her destination, Catherine stumbles onto a scene of horrifying carnage: three people shot dead in their car, and a fourth nearby—with his brain removed. The slaughter appears to be the handiwork of a Zambian smuggler known as “the witchdoctor,” a figure reviled by activists and poachers alike. Forced to play nice with local officials, Catherine finds herself drawn to the prickly but charismatic Jon Baggs, head of the Ministry of Conservation, whose blustery exterior belies his deep investment in the poaching wars.
Torn between her developing feelings and her unofficial investigation, she takes to the air, only to be grounded by a vicious turf war between competing factions of a black-market operation that reaches far beyond the borders of Africa. With the mortality rate—both human and animal—skyrocketing, Catherine races to intercept a valuable shipment. Now she’s flying blind, and a cunning killer is on the move.
Praise for Ivory Ghosts
“A truly fascinating thriller that beautifully conveys the story of those magnificent creatures, the elephants, and the poachers who try to destroy them. Bravo!”—Mary Higgins Clark, #1 New York Times bestselling author of I’ve Got You Under My Skin
“A vibrant, muckraking mystery that will be difficult to forget.”—Kirkus Reviews
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In "Ivory Ghosts" Ms O'Connell, an internationally known expert on elephants, gives us a mystery centred on the poaching of African elephants for their ivory. Ms O'Connell uses her vast field ... Read full review
A book that takes you to Africa and into the thick of elephant poaching and the business of tusks - this one kept me on the edge of my seat from the beginning to the end.
Although I am definitely not knowledged about the world of Africa and their relationship with elephants and tusks and poaching, so at moments I was a little lost, but I just kept reading and loved learning about what all is going on, not positive but informative. Catherine was the best main character to help inform the reader and to show so much passion, I felt how someone who is in the thick of trying to save these elephants may feel.
If you are a reader who has been reading a lot of mystery thrillers, try out this one as it is a little spin on the genre with an international twist.