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Bingo's Run : a novel

Author: James Levine
Publisher: New York : Spiegel & Grau, [2014]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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Meet Bingo, the greatest drug runner in the slums of Kibera, Nairobi, and maybe the world. A teenage grifter, often mistaken for a younger boy, he faithfully serves Wolf, the drug lord of Kibera. Bingo spends his days throwing rocks at Krazi Hari, the prophet of Kibera's garbage mound, "lipping" safari tourists of their cash, and hanging out with his best friend, Slo-George, a taciturn fellow whose girth is a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Suspense fiction
Fiction
Thrillers (Fiction.)
Thrillers (Fiction)
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James Levine
ISBN: 9781400068838 1400068835 1588369471 9781588369475 9780605861725 0605861722
OCLC Number: 829937114
Description: 287 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Bingo Mwolo, the greatest runner in Kibera, Nairobi, and probably the world --
A day at work --
Thomas Hunsa, the artist --
Maasai market --
Bingo wins the Boss Jonni Run --
Waiting for Deborah --
Breakfast at St. Lazarus Church --
The Boss Jonni Run --
Bingo's run --
Bingo reports back to Wolf --
St. Michael's Orphanage --
The fight --
The holy office --
Father Matthew asks Bingo for a favor --
Thursday-morning deliveries to Thomas Hunsa, the artist --
Mrs. Steele arrives --
The interview --
Packaged --
Bingo's dream --
The legend of Bingo --
The Livingstone Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya --
Bingo's sale --
The spider --
Bingo and Mrs. Steele have dinner --
Bingo runs to Thomas Hunsa --
Turn-down service --
The Kepha --
The warehouse --
Bingo Mwolo, art dealer --
Slo-George visits --
Breakfast --
The flood --
A day by the pool --
Paper dry --
Mrs. Steele reviews the Kepha contract --
Water leak --
Export license --
The curator's regrets --
Bathroom break --
The Thaatima --
Representation --
Spider necklace --
Nyayo House --
Charity's tale --
Bingo's mask --
Invitation --
The legend of Bingo --
Bingo sells --
Bingo returns to Wolf --
Exit --
Siafu the ant --
Mrs. Steele meets the Masta --
On to Hastings --
Bingo's plan --
What Mrs. Steele knew --
Partnership --
Bingo leaves Hastings --
Lord Nzame, the Master of Everything, disappears --
Jomo Kenyatta International Airport --
How the trickster fooled Nzame, the Master of Everything, into going to earth disguised as a spider --
The security setup --
Reacquaintance --
The prayer --
A prayer's shadow --
Back to the Livingstone Hotel --
Family --
Bingo's run --
The legend's end --
The last chapter.
Responsibility: James A. Levine.

Abstract:

Meet Bingo, the greatest drug runner in the slums of Kibera, Nairobi, and maybe the world. A teenage grifter, often mistaken for a younger boy, he faithfully serves Wolf, the drug lord of Kibera. Bingo spends his days throwing rocks at Krazi Hari, the prophet of Kibera's garbage mound, "lipping" safari tourists of their cash, and hanging out with his best friend, Slo-George, a taciturn fellow whose girth is a mystery to Bingo in a place where there is never enough food. Bingo earns his keep by running "white" to a host of clients, including Thomas Hunsa, a reclusive artist whose painting, rooted in African tradition, move him. But when Bingo witnesses drug-related murder and Wolf sends him to an orphanage for "protection," Bingo's life changes and he learns that life itself is the "run." A modern trickster tale that draws on African folklore, Bingo's Run is an original story of a boy alone in a corrupt and dangerous world who must depend on his wits and inner resources to survive.

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