The Ghost Runner: A Makana Investigation

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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 the wife and daughter he lost, is shaken out of his grief 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 Zahra, 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.

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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. He has written four Makana Investigations, titled The Golden Scales, Dogstar Rising, The Ghost Runner and The Burning Gates. Born in London, Mahjoub has lived at various times in the UK, Sudan, Cairo and Denmark. He currently lives in Barcelona.

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*Starred Review* In 2002 in Cairo, Sudanese private investigator Makana (Dogstar Rising, 2013) is navigating the complexities of investigating infidelity in a Muslim country when the husband in the case, Ragab, a prominent attorney, breaks routine to visit a private clinic treating a young burn victim bearing his name. Makana suspects he’s found evidence of infidelity and possibly a botched honor killing. Surprisingly, the day after he reports his findings, Ragab appears at Makana’s office and hires him to investigate the fire that has just claimed the mysterious girl’s life. Ragab suspects the girl’s death was orchestrated by her father, a former client who has been exiled for terrorist activity. The trail leads to Siwa Oasis, a small city with a Wild West feel, where the girl’s parents grew up together. Makana’s arrival coincides with a string of ritualistic murders starting with the city’s judge, prompting Siwa’s police captain to recruit a reluctant Makana to guide the investigation. Siwa’s small-town secrets, black-market gangs, and casual corruption hinder both investigations, but Makana is doggedly determined, even as his life is threatened. Makana’s sharp and sometimes melancholy observations bring both Cairo and Siwa to life, and Bilal handles grotesque crimes delicately, favoring characterization and culture over blood and gore. This third Makana mystery is a literary gem and a good match with Zoë Ferraris’ novels and Shashi Tharoor’s Riot (2001). --Christine Tran

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