Legitimate Business

Legitimate Business coverRitu Roy, a constable with an all-female United Nations peacekeeping unit in Darfur, Sudan, has been shot dead. Her superiors call it a random shooting. Her best friend thinks otherwise. She’s found a bullet casing from a sniper’s rifle, an uncommon weapon in the refugee camp. The case remains closed until Valentin Vermeulen arrives to conduct a routine audit. As an investigator with the UN Office of Internal Oversight Services, his job is to ferret out fraud. The casing is the first clue that Ritu may have stumbled onto a major criminal operation.

Solving the mystery of Ritu’s death leads Vermeulen down a perilous path. With the help of journalist Tessa Bishonga, he visits the hidden camp of a notorious rebel leader. On the streets of Port Sudan he dodges a parade of shady characters. In the end, Vermeulen must expose the players in the not so “legitimate” business of supplying weapons to Sudan…before they can hunt him down.


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Praise for Legitimate Business

A gripping thriller set against the backdrop of one of the most violent regions in the world. Niemann is an excitingly original voice in the genre. – Michael Stanley, award winning author of the Detective Kubu mysteries.

Lee Child has Jack Reacher. Michael Connelly has Harry Bosch. Walter Mosley has Easy Rawlins. Patricia Cornwell has Kay Scarpetta. And Michael Niemann has Valentin Vermeulen. – Alison McMahan, director, and author of The Saffron Crocus.

The Real Deal. – Ed Battistella, author of Sorry About That.

It strips us of illusions that simplistic news reports tell us the whole truth. – Sharon Dean, author of Tour de Trace, Death of a Keynote Speaker, and Cemetary Wine.

A Crackling Good Thriller. – Clive Rosengren, author of Murder Unscripted, Red Desert and Velvet on a Tuesday Afternoon.


Where is Darfur?

Sudan in Africa

Sudan in Africa










Some of the locations for Legitimate Business


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