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Mourad Hafiz appears to have dropped out of university and disappeared. Engaged by his family to try and find him, Makana comes to believe that the Hafiz boy became involved in some kind of political activity just prior to his disappearance. But before he can discover more, the investigation is sidetracked: a severed head turns up on the riverbank next to his home, and Makana finds himself drawn into ethnic rivalry and gang war among young men from South Sudan. The trail leads from a church in the slums and the benevolent work of the larger-than-life Rev. Preston Corbis and sister Liz to the enigmatic Ihsan Qaddus and the Hesira Institute.

The fifth installment of this acclaimed series is set in Egypt in December 2005. While Cairo is torn by the protests by South Sudanese refugees demanding their rights, President Mubarak has just been re-elected by a dubious 88 percent majority in the country's first multi-party elections. In response to what appears to be flagrant election-rigging, there are early stirrings of organized political opposition to the regime. Change is afoot and Makana is in danger of being swept away in the seismic shifts of his adopted nation.

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About the Author

Parker Bilal is the pseudonym of Jamal Mahjoub. Born in London and brought up in Khartoum, Sudan, Mahjoub has lived in Britain, Denmark, and currently Spain. He is an award-winning literary novelist under his own name, and this is the fifth installment of his acclaimed Makana Mystery series, following The Golden Scales, Dogstar Rising, The Ghost Runner, and The Burning Gates.

Reviews

"This fifth installment in the Makana mystery series should send you back to the first four . . . Entertaining and exciting but also revealing, the series spins yarns while exposing the reality that Egypt is not all tombs and Pharaohs." - Publishers Weekly, "9 Essential Books by Arab Writers""This excellent series . . . captures the climate of fear and rage that has come to define life in a perpetual war zone." - Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review on THE GHOST RUNNER"[Makana has become] one of crime fiction's most interesting and sympathetic detectives . . . [Bilal] gets better and better." - The Times on THE BURNING GATES"Makana is a compelling, even an archetypal, hero . . . [A] must-read series." - starred review, Booklist on THE BURNING GATES"Sharp, witty, politically astute thrillers . . . Makana's place as an exile on the margins of society . . . makes him the perfect 21st-century detective, capable of uncovering the many guises of power." - Al Jazeera America on THE GHOST RUNNER "This excellent series . . . captures the climate of fear and rage that has come to define life in a perpetual war zone." Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review on THE GHOST RUNNER"[Makana has become] one of crime fiction s most interesting and sympathetic detectives . . . [Bilal] gets better and better." "The Times on THE BURNING GATES""Makana is a compelling, even an archetypal, hero . . . [A] must-read series." starred review, "Booklist on THE BURNING GATES""Sharp, witty, politically astute thrillers . . . Makana's place as an exile on the margins of society . . . makes him the perfect 21st-century detective, capable of uncovering the many guises of power." "Al Jazeera America on THE GHOST RUNNER""

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