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New Suspense Novel Released by Reclusive African Author

Zimbabwean author, Taona Dumisani Chiveneko is pleased to announce the release of his new suspenseful thriller, The Hangman’s Replacement.

New York, NY, March 02, 2013 --( The Hangman’s Replacement is a series of fictional novels by Mr. Taona D. Chiveneko, a man widely regarded as the most antisocial author in Africa. The books are based on Zimbabwe’s efforts to hire a new hangman after the previous executioner retired in 2004. Mr. Chiveneko builds on this premise by weaving a multi-volume work that is driven by a single question: After years of general disinterest, why the sudden zeal to empty death row? The main character of the story is less bothered by this question than he is enthusiastic to become the new hangman. His name is Abel Muranda.

Zimbabwe’s last hangman retired in 2004. As the nation drifted towards abolition, no determined effort was launched to find a re-placement. However, the discovery of carnivorous flame lilies at the Great Zimbabwe monument triggered a spirited search for a new executioner. Those who know why this discovery energized the recruitment effort refused to talk. The frantic attempts to find a new hangman were impeded by the lack of suitable candidates. Well-placed sources confirmed that the fear of ngozi was a deterrent. According to this traditional belief, the spirit of a murdered person torments the killer and his family for generations. However, this is only half the story. Several promising applicants did come forward. None met the minimum requirements for the job. The selection criteria were designed to exclude the mentally ill, the vindictive, and the sadistic. However, they did not rule out the desperate. This is the story of the aspiring hangman who was obsessed with securing the job, the sympathizers who fought to protect him from his prize, and the anxious men who believed that emptying death row would end their horror before the meat-eating plants constricted around their necks.

Currently available in e-book format on various online sites including,, and The print version will be released on March 14, 2013.

Readers can download a preview sample of the book at

Book Information:
The Hangman's Replacement
Author: Taona Dumisani Chiveneko
Publisher: Chiveneko Publishing Inc.
ISBN: 978-0991852406
Published: January 2013
Pages: 587

About The Author:
Taona Dumisani Chiveneko is the author of "The Hangman’s Replacement" series. The Zimbabwean citizen was born either between the Zambezi and the Limpopo rivers, or along the road which runs from Mutare to Hwange. Mr. Chiveneko has refused to confirm which option is true. He is also equally circumspect about his age, which he has pegged at: "More than ten, but less than a hundred-years-old."

Mr. Chiveneko is widely regarded as the most anti-social African author.

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The Hangman’s Replacement is available for purchase online through the book’s website,,, and other online retailers.
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