White Leopard by Laurent Guillaume

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A former cop who served as a police adviser in Mali, Guillame delivers a tale of high-level corruption that will resonate with James Ellroy readers.
-Publishers Weekly

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"GRITTY, RAW, AUTHENTIC."
A FAST-PACED NOIR WITH A MODERN, AFRICAN TWIST

Solo, a former cop, runs away from a dark past in France to start his life over again in Bamako, Mali, as a PI. He takes on what he thinks is an ordinary case, but quickly finds himself in a dangerous confrontation between tradition and corruption. The drug mule gets her throat slit. The French lawyer is too beautiful and too well-informed. The cocaine is too plentiful. Guillaume crafts a tale of high-level corruption with vivid, spot-on descriptions of the Mali underground.

Called a "Mini Masterpiece" and "an intensely true-to-life mystery on steroids," White Leopard is an excellent English translation from one of France's "most respected thriller writers."

"A thrill ride of epic proportions—the real deal! The perfect combination of street smarts and literary talent." —Craig Johnson, author of the Walt Longmire Mysteries, the basis of the hit Netflix drama Longmire

"Fans of classic hard-boiled PI fiction will relish Guillame’s first book to be translated into English... He delivers a tale of high-level corruption that will resonate with James Ellroy readers.” —PUBLISHERS WEEKLY STARRED REVIEW and Book of the Week Pick

"This is crime fiction as hard-boiled as it gets. Guillaume, winner of literary prizes in France, is likely to win fans here, too." —Booklist

"West Africa is brought vividly to life in this enthralling, fast-paced noir." —Foreword Reviews

"Guillaume displays remarkable knowledge about Mali and its underworld." —Liberation

"Guillaume's energetic writing offers readers a hard-boiled mystery set in a Sahel eaten away by corruption." —Alibi Magazine

"An intensely true-to-life mystery on steroids. It's raw, authentic and topical." —Emotions Literary Blog

"Guillaume's familiarity with the Mali government and community is evident in his vivid, unflinching portrayal of the novel’s setting and characters." — Killer Nashville Book of the Day

"No matter how gritty a hardboiled detective novel can be, it'll always get grittier in the Sahara." —Book Page
 

About Laurent Guillaume

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Laurent Guillaume is a multiple-award-winning French writer and former police officer. In law enforcement, he worked anti-gang, narcotics, financial crimes, and served in Mali as advisor to the local police.Sophie Weiner is a freelance translator and book publishing assistant from Baltimore, Maryland. After earning degrees in French from Bucknell University and New York University, Sophie went on to complete a master's in literary translation from the Sorbonne.
 
Published November 19, 2015 by Le French Book. 238 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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on Sep 18 2015

A former cop who served as a police adviser in Mali, Guillame delivers a tale of high-level corruption that will resonate with James Ellroy readers.

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