As the story opens, young medical anthropologist Noble Corcoran has had to move from the cushy Central Nairobi YMCA to a much more downmarket hotel with his wildlife conservationist friend Stuart.
The West End Lodging, where I stayed in the same year, was the model for Noble's new digs, The Malaika.
Here's the YMCA:
And here's the more humble hotel:
What's the crappiest travellogding you've ever encountered?
Stay tuned for an excerpt from the beginning of the story, and don't forget that every comment on my posts today goes into a random draw for a free PDF of ASKARI (today's most frequent commenter wins a second copy!)! (Contest closes at 10 am EST tomorrow.)