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City of Jackals


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A severed head and a missing young man. More trouble in the streets of Cairo in a gripping new investigation for 'one of crime fiction's most interesting and sympathetic detectives' (The Times)

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Parker Bilal is the pseudonym of Jamal Mahjoub, the critically acclaimed literary novelist. The Ghost Runner, his third Makana novel was longlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award. Born in London, Mahjoub has lived at various times in the UK, Sudan, Cairo and Denmark. He currently lives in Amsterdam.


'Parker Bilal's superb series of novels set in President Hosni Mubarak's Egypt has now reached the period just after the Iraq war. In City of Jackals the country's corrupt officials are struggling to contain an influx of refugees from the conflict in Egypt's southern neighbour Sudan * Sunday Times, Crime Book of the Month *
A man of honour living in a city of upheaval and corruption, he tries to protect everyone he can. Following The Burning Gates, this fifth entry in the international thriller series is excellent * Library Journal *
Bilal's Cairo is a Los Angeles of yesteryear, Makana a wonderful Marlowe. That's a compliment to an author who gets better and better * The Times *
Like all the best crime fiction, Bilal's story has a depth and resonance which stretches far beyond its cast of characters into the wider world * Independent *
For some time now, Parker Bilal has been writing superb crime novels set in Egypt ... Bilal is the pseudonym of a literary novelist, Jamal Mahjoub, and this fourth Makana book is a sardonic commentary on Mubarak's Egypt at its most corrupt * Sunday Times on The Burning Gates *
Excellent ... More please * Literary Review *

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