The Ghost Runner by Parker Bilal
A Makana Mystery (The Makana Mysteries)

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With its elegant prose and its incisive insight into the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, Makana's third appearance (Dogstar Rising, 2013, etc.) transcends genre, satisfying fans of both mystery and literary fiction.
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It is 2002 and as tanks roll into the West Bank and the reverberations of 9/11 echo across the globe, tensions are running high on Cairo's streets.

Private Investigator Makana, in exile from his native Sudan and increasingly haunted by memories of his wife and daughter, is shaken out of his despondency when a routine surveillance job leads him to the horrific murder of a teenage girl. In a country where honour killings are commonplace and the authorities seem all too eager to turn a blind eye, Makana determines to track down the perpetrator. He finds unexpected assistance in the shape of Azza, a woman who seems to share Makana's hunger for justice.

Seeking answers in the dead girl's past he travels to Siwa, an oasis town on the edge of the great Sahara desert, where the law seems disturbingly far away and old grievances simmer just below the surface. As violence follows him through the twisting, sand-blown streets and an old enemy lurks in the shadows, Makana discovers that the truth can be as deadly and as changeable as the desert beneath his feet.
 

About Parker Bilal

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Parker Bilal is the pseudonym for Jamal Mahjoub. Born in London and brought up in Khartoum, Sudan, Mahjoub originally trained as a geologist and has written six critically acclaimed literary novels, which have been shortlisted and awarded a number of prizes. His works include In the Hour of Signs, Travelling with Djinns, The Carrier, and The Drift Latitudes, as well as the first two novels in the Makana Mystery series, The Golden Scales and Dogstar Rising. He currently lives in Barcelona.
 
Published February 4, 2014 by Bloomsbury USA. 432 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction
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Kirkus

Above average
on Dec 02 2013

With its elegant prose and its incisive insight into the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, Makana's third appearance (Dogstar Rising, 2013, etc.) transcends genre, satisfying fans of both mystery and literary fiction.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Dec 02 2013

Makana’s dogged investigation in the palpably hostile town of Siwa concludes with satisfying dashes of action and keen deduction.

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