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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 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.