The Golden Scales

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The Golden Scales

A Makana Mystery

By Parker Bilal

Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, Hardcover, 9781608197941, 397pp.

Publication Date: January 31, 2012


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.

About the Author
Parker Bilal is the pseudonym of Jamal Mahjoub. "The Burning Gates" is his fourth Makana Investigation. Born in London, Mahjoub has passed through Sudan, Egypt, Denmark and Britain, before settling in Barcelona.