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Dead Man's Share
     

Dead Man's Share

by Yasmina Khadra, Aubrey Botsford (Translator)
 

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Superintendent Brahim Llob is bored. Nothing seems to need his attention in an unusually peaceful Algiers. Then suddenly peace is shatterd in ways Llob could never have imagined. His subordinate, Lieutenant Lino, falls for an entirely unsuitable woman, and is devastated when she returns to a previous lover, the wealthy and influential Haj Thobane. Thobane survives an

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Superintendent Brahim Llob is bored. Nothing seems to need his attention in an unusually peaceful Algiers. Then suddenly peace is shatterd in ways Llob could never have imagined. His subordinate, Lieutenant Lino, falls for an entirely unsuitable woman, and is devastated when she returns to a previous lover, the wealthy and influential Haj Thobane. Thobane survives an attempted murder that kills his chauffeur and Lino's gun is found at the scene. With Lino languishing in prison, it is up to Llob to face down the corrupt echelons of the Algerian goverment to find the truth about what happened the night of the murder. The search will take the world-weary Llob down avenues even he has never encountered and will force him to delve into his beloved country's brutal past.

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Publishers Weekly
Khadra again proves to be Camus’s heir apparent in this searing prequel to his Algerian trilogy featuring Supt. Brahim Llob (Morituri, etc.), set in modern Algiers with its dual personality (“one that used to inspire poets” vs. one “where minstrels are locked up in jails”). Llob is dismayed to find his latest case involves a subordinate, Lieutenant Lino, who has become obnoxious, spending money he doesn’t have to impress a new girlfriend. Lino is devastated when the woman humiliates him in public by returning to Haj Thobane, her rich former lover. Lino is later arrested after his gun is found near the body of Thobane’s limo driver shot during an attack on Thobane. The pseudonymous Khadra (Mohammed Moulessehoul), a former Algerian army officer now living in France, expertly depicts a country succumbing to cruelty but buoyed by its people’s hope in the future. (Oct.)
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An Algerian police chief grapples with a cloudy crime and a delicate departmental challenge. The literary melancholy maverick Supt. Brahim Llob's narration expresses is usually pro forma, but here his ennui has an edge of desperation. With crime down and his department running smoothly, he should be happy. Instead he's restless and bored until grim, generally reliable detective Lino suddenly starts blowing off work. At length Llob's superiors take notice and request, then demand, that Llob do something. In the middle of this crisis comes an urgent appeal from Professor Allouche, a brilliant psychoanalyst Llob has always admired now stuck in an asylum after a stint in prison on (probably trumped-up) charges of subversive behavior. Allouche firmly warns of the imminent release from prison of SNP, a prolific serial killer poised to kill again. Allouche's reputation as a loon undermines Llob's attempt to get the prison to hold SNP a little longer. Although Llob keeps watch on the building where SNP lives, he can't prevent a murder there. Meanwhile, Llob learns that Lino's erratic behavior stems from his romance with a manipulative woman he won't give up. His rival for the lady's affection is local power broker Haj Thobane. When the strongman barely escapes a gunman who kills his driver, Lino becomes the prime suspect in the murder. This prequel to Khadra's Algerian Trilogy (Autumn of the Phantoms, 2006, etc.) surprisingly caps the series, adding a psychological depth and narrative breadth worthy of the author's mainstream thrillers.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781592642694
Publisher:
Toby Press LLC, The
Publication date:
10/28/2009
Series:
Inspector Llob Mystery Series
Pages:
370
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Yasmina Khadra is actually the nom de plume of Algerian army officer Mohammed Moulessehoul -- who took on the feminine pseudonym to avoid submitting his manuscripts for approval by military censors while he was still in the army. ¿Yasmina Khadra¿s Kabul is hell on earth, a place of hunger, tedium, and stifling fear,¿ observes J. M. Coetzee, winner of the 2003 Nobel Prize for Literature.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Aix-en-Provence, France
Date of Birth:
January 10, 1955
Place of Birth:
Kenadsa, Sahara, Algeria
Education:
Officer in the Algerian army
Website:
http://www.yasmina-khadra.com

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