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Arab Jazz


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Born in 1964 in Abidjan to a Mauritanian father and a French mother, Karim Miske grew up in Paris before leaving to study journalism in Dakar. He now lives in France, and is making documentary films on a wide range of subjects including deafness, for which he learned sign language, and the common roots between the Jewish and Islamic religions. Arab Jazz is the author's first novel.


A brilliant debut -- Robin Yassin-Kassab * Guardian *
Exciting, informative, stimulating, and a little frightening -- Marcel Berlins * The Times *
Not to be missed -- David Platzer * The Tablet *
Miske's imaginative geography lies somewhere between the fantasy Belleville of Daniel Pennac..., the strange world of Fred Vargas, and the amoral fantastic of the television series Breaking Bad -- Ruth Morse * Times Literary Supplement *
Remarkable . . . a debut of notable assurance . . . Proof that French crime fiction is jostling its way to the top of the noir tree -- Barry Forshaw * Independent *
A brazenly political crime novel for our times, it tackles hard-hitting and topical themes of religious fundamentalism, drugs and urban alienation. With a gift for setting, Miske's narrative twists through the mosques, prayer rooms and synagogues, where street preachers hustle for power, vendors ply their trade and a male and female detective duo are determined to unveil the mystery. * The Lady *
Fascinating police procedural that takes on a new dimension after the Charlie Hebdo massacre * The Sun *
A poetic take on the traditional noir thriller -- Natalie Bowen * Scotsman *
'Intelligent and gripping' Tariq Ali. * Tariq Ali *
'It's impossible to miss this dramatically contemporary crime novel about new Muslim and Jewish fundamentalists living together in France' Le Point. * Le Point *
'Two police officers who could have been invented by Fred Vargas ... an author is born. And it's good news: once he gets going, it won't be easy to catch up with him' L'Express. * L'Express *
A debut of notable assurance... Arab Jazz is proof that French crime fiction is jostling its way to the top of the noir tree. -- Barry Forshaw * Independent *

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