The Burning Gates by Parker Bilal
A Makana Mystery

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Makana's fourth case (The Ghost Runner, 2014, etc.) again uses a mystery MacGuffin to comment eloquently on recent history and daily life in a region unfamiliar to most Western readers.
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In Cairo, private investigator Makana is called into the office of his new client, a powerful art dealer known as Kasabian. Kasabian wants him to track down a famous painting that went missing from Baghdad during the US invasion. All the dealer can tell Makana is that the piece was smuggled into Egypt by an Iraqi war criminal who doesn't want to be found.

The world of art is a far cry from the shady streets and alleyways of the Cairo that Makana knows, but he soon finds out that this side of the city has its own dark underbelly. As he sets out to find the lost work of art -- and those involved in the case begin to die in horrific ways -- Makana finds himself entangled in a mystery that many have attempted to keep hidden.

The trail will lead him back into the dark days of the war and threaten to send the new life he has built for himself up in flames.
 

About Parker Bilal

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Parker Bilal is the pseudonym of Jamal Mahjoub. Mahjoub has published seven critically acclaimed literary novels, which have been widely translated. Born in London, he has lived at various times in the UK, Sudan, Cairo and Denmark. He currently lives in Barcelona.
 
Published February 24, 2015 by Bloomsbury USA. 385 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Crime, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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on Dec 07 2014

Makana's fourth case (The Ghost Runner, 2014, etc.) again uses a mystery MacGuffin to comment eloquently on recent history and daily life in a region unfamiliar to most Western readers.

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