The place is Bunia, in the Ituri province, forty miles east of Lake Albert, headquarters to one contingent of the sprawling peacekeeping operation in that part of the DRC. Like all military operations, this one relies on contractors to bring in supplies. And that’s the rub. Unscrupulous contractors bring in more than that.
Valentin Vermeulen is Belgian, Flemish, to be correct, in his early forties, about six feet with a shock of blond hair, a strand of which usually hangs down in his face. He works as an investigator for the United Nations Office of Internal Oversight Services. That’s the internal watchdog department that audits all UN operations and investigates fraud. He used to have a cushy job in New York City until one of his investigations pointed to some people high up in the hierarchy. That got him into trouble and he was sent to investigate problems in out of the way places.
He isn’t happy about it, but he does what it takes to get the job done.
The story was selected for the 2012 Mystery Writers of America Anthology Vengeance, edited by Lee Child. Mulholland Books, 2012.
Praise for Vengeance:
“A Collection Well Worth Having.” – Kirk Pasich, The Mystery Bookstore
“Open this book to any story, and you just can’t go wrong.” – John H. MacDonald