The Golden Scales: A Makana Investigation (The Makana Mysteries)

3.65 avg rating
( 530 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9781608197941: The Golden Scales: A Makana Investigation (The Makana Mysteries)

The ancient city of Cairo is a feverish tangle of the old and the new, of the superrich and the desperately poor, with inequality and corruption everywhere. It's a place where grudges and long-buried secrets can fester, and where people can disappear in the blink of an eye.

Makana, a former Sudanese police inspector forced to flee to Cairo, is now struggling to make ends meet as a private detective. In need of money, he takes a case from the notoriously corrupt mogul Saad Hanafi, owner of a Cairo soccer team, whose star player, Adil Romario, has gone missing. Soon, Makana is caught up in a mystery that takes him into the treacherous underbelly of his adopted city, encountering Muslim extremists, Russian gangsters, vengeful women, and a desperate mother hunting for her missing daughter-a trail that leads him back into his own story, stirring up painful personal memories and bringing him face-to-face with an old enemy from his past ...

Published on the anniversary of the revolution in Egypt, The Golden Scales is an elegantly written, thrilling story set in a city of upheaval, chaos, and corruption.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:

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. He currently lives in Barcelona.

Review:

Richly evocative mystery novel ... delivers much more than efficient intrigue. Via the experiences of a family exiled from Sudan, we see and feel all the drama of Egypt on the brink of change * Independent * The Golden Scales shows modern Cairo as a superbly exciting, edgy and dangerous setting for crime fiction. Parker Bilal has delivered an absorbing, complex lively novel to match * The Times * His prose has a subtlety that is rarely found in crime novels * Economist * Bilal's powers of description and his sensible, wryly compassionate leading man make this an enthralling read -- Laura Wilson * Guardian * Brilliant ... tremendously successful, satisfying ... and at the same time a deeply moving story of suffering and exile * Independent * A vivid, energetic work ... Set in 1998, the novel shows the extremes of wealth and poverty in Egypt before the Arab spring, while Makana's personal history offers heartbreaking insights into loss and exile -- Joan Smith * Sunday Times * A subtle and politically observant thriller. Makana is a highly original investigator who immediately engages our sympathies and whose future exploits I am keen to follow. Parker Bilal's character-driven storytelling is reminiscent of Simenon at his restrained best * Conor Fitzgerald * Bilal expertly delivers a wonderfully rich thriller, at once multi-layered and intriguing. His character, Makana, is a thoroughly self-assured and fascinating character, and it was a joy to have been so effortlessly engaged. A rare and special treat * R.J. Ellory * Bilal deftly weaves past and present in this complex and compelling mystery set in 1998 Cairo ... Wonderfully detailed, the narrative reveals Cairo as a teaming, chaotic, and ungovernable. One looks forward to the sequel * Publisher's Weekly * A vivid picture of an effervescent Cairo, a city that could have been tailor-made as a crime-fiction backdrop. In Makana, Bilal has created a private detective who ticks all the usual boxes of doggedness, valour and ragged nobility, but it's his backstory, and the political ferment in neighbouring Sudan, that mark him out as a fascinating protagonist ... an auspicious debut -- Declan Burke * Irish Times *

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Buy New View Book
List Price: US$ 25.00
US$ 4.99

Convert Currency

Shipping: US$ 6.00
From Canada to U.S.A.

Destination, Rates & Speeds

Add to Basket

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Bilal, Parker
Published by Bloomsbury Publishing 2012-01-31 (2012)
ISBN 10: 1608197948 ISBN 13: 9781608197941
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
BookOutlet
(Thorold, ON, Canada)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Bloomsbury Publishing 2012-01-31, 2012. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Hardcover. Publisher overstock, may contain remainder mark on edge. Bookseller Inventory # 9781608197941B

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 4.99
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 6.00
From Canada to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Bilal, Parker
ISBN 10: 1608197948 ISBN 13: 9781608197941
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
Paperbackshop-US
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description 2012. HRD. Book Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Bookseller Inventory # VV-9781608197941

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 12.94
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Bilal Parker
Published by MacMillan Publishers
ISBN 10: 1608197948 ISBN 13: 9781608197941
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
INDOO
(Avenel, NJ, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description MacMillan Publishers. Book Condition: New. Brand New. Bookseller Inventory # 1608197948

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 14.16
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.50
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Bilal, Parker
Published by Bloomsbury USA
ISBN 10: 1608197948 ISBN 13: 9781608197941
New Hardcover Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
Mediaoutlet12345
(Springfield, VA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Bloomsbury USA. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 1608197948 *BRAND NEW* Ships Same Day or Next!. Bookseller Inventory # NATARAJB1FI1052934

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 16.68
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Parker Bilal
Published by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, United States (2012)
ISBN 10: 1608197948 ISBN 13: 9781608197941
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
Book Depository hard to find
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, United States, 2012. Hardback. Book Condition: New. Language: English . This book usually ship within 10-15 business days and we will endeavor to dispatch orders quicker than this where possible. Brand New Book. The ancient city of Cairo is a feverish tangle of the old and the new, of the superrich and the desperately poor, with inequality and corruption everywhere. It s a place where grudges and long-buried secrets can fester, and where people can disappear in the blink of an eye. Makana, a former Sudanese police inspector forced to flee to Cairo, is now struggling to make ends meet as a private detective. In need of money, he takes a case from the notoriously corrupt mogul Saad Hanafi, owner of a Cairo soccer team, whose star player, Adil Romario, has gone missing. Soon, Makana is caught up in a mystery that takes him into the treacherous underbelly of his adopted city, encountering Muslim extremists, Russian gangsters, vengeful women, and a desperate mother hunting for her missing daughter-a trail that leads him back into his own story, stirring up painful personal memories and bringing him face-to-face with an old enemy from his past . Published on the anniversary of the revolution in Egypt, The Golden Scales is an elegantly written, thrilling story set in a city of upheaval, chaos, and corruption. Bookseller Inventory # BTE9781608197941

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 21.06
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Parker Bilal
Published by Bloomsbury USA (2012)
ISBN 10: 1608197948 ISBN 13: 9781608197941
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Bloomsbury USA, 2012. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 1. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX1608197948

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 27.36
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Bilal, Parker
Published by Bloomsbury USA (2012)
ISBN 10: 1608197948 ISBN 13: 9781608197941
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Bloomsbury USA, 2012. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P111608197948

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 43.38
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 1.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Parker Bilal
Published by Bloomsbury USA (2012)
ISBN 10: 1608197948 ISBN 13: 9781608197941
New Hardcover First Edition Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Irish Booksellers
(Rumford, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Bloomsbury USA, 2012. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M1608197948

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 47.73
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Parker Bilal
ISBN 10: 1608197948 ISBN 13: 9781608197941
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
AussieBookSeller
(SILVERWATER, NSW, Australia)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Hardcover. Shipping may be from our Sydney, NSW warehouse or from our UK or US warehouse, depending on stock availability. 397 pages. 0.454. Bookseller Inventory # 9781608197941

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 26.48
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 37.00
From Australia to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

Bilal, Parker
Published by Bloomsbury USA
ISBN 10: 1608197948 ISBN 13: 9781608197941
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Cloud 9 Books
(Wellington, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Bloomsbury USA. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 1608197948 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.0747303

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 59.99
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds