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Ben Ouda, a senior diplomat, is found savagely murdered. Is this yet another victim of the never ending Islamic fundamentalist violence in Algiers? Inspector Llob has doubts: Ben Ouda had too many friends, too many far fetched theories... Navigating the Algiers underworld and rich elite, Inspector Llob resists the pressure of politicians, fundamentalists and crooks in his pursuit, against the background of a world in turmoil.
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Overview

Ben Ouda, a senior diplomat, is found savagely murdered. Is this yet another victim of the never ending Islamic fundamentalist violence in Algiers? Inspector Llob has doubts: Ben Ouda had too many friends, too many far fetched theories... Navigating the Algiers underworld and rich elite, Inspector Llob resists the pressure of politicians, fundamentalists and crooks in his pursuit, against the background of a world in turmoil.
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Editorial Reviews

Paul Skenazy
There is nothing user-friendly about Khadra's writing. But if you want to peek into the dark side of a country in dissolution, there's no finer guide.
— The Washington Post
Library Journal
Superintendent Brahim Llob of the Algerian police force sets out to solve the murder of Ben Ouda, a retired diplomat who had earlier asked Llob, himself an author, for help in writing a book about the Islamic fundamentalist violence plaguing the nation. As bodies pile up, Llob's investigation leads him not only into the more squalid zones of Algiers but also into the homes and retreats of the wealthy. With the help of Ewegh Seddig, a Terminator-sized officer formerly of the National Police Academy, and Lino, a pony-tailed lieutenant quick with a quip, the superintendent tracks down the assassins involved in Ouda's execution and then the men behind a plot that threatens the democratic survival of Algeria itself. Filled with startling metaphors and a poetic yet stark evocation of a violent world, Khadra's crime story is a fitting sequel to Morituri, the first Inspector Llob mystery. Khadra is the pen name of an ex-Algerian army officer who also wrote the highly praised The Swallows of Kabul. Recommended for libraries where police procedurals are popular.-Ronnie H. Terpening, Univ. of Arizona, Tucson Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Droll, jaded Superintendent Llob investigates the murder of a fond acquaintance from his youth. After 30 years, weary, self-righteous narrator Llob, a veteran of the Algiers police department, encounters diplomat and intellectual Ben Ouda. Decades earlier Llob had disentangled Ouda from a potentially damaging charge of indecently assaulting a 14-year-old. Now, in mysterious statements studded with metaphor, Ouda claims to possess secret documents that will shake up the corrupt cabal of Algerian powerbrokers and asks Llob's help in disclosing the information. Their meeting ends without an agreement, but with Llob's promise to get in touch with Ouda once he's decided. In the meantime, however, the old provocateur is found beheaded in his apartment, his current "boy," a beautiful teenager named Salem Toufik, cowering in a wardrobe. Llob's hopes of eyewitness testimony vanish when the young man commits suicide. Llob and sidekicks, depressed Lino and imposing Ewegh, a transfer assigned to replace the murdered Inspector Serdj (Morituri, 2003), seek leads among such varied criminal haunts as the plush but fading Belvedere Hotel and a shabby cafe called the Circle of Friends. Their investigation apparently triggers more murders among the city's criminal element, speeding the need to solve the crime. Slight as a police procedural, but a fascinating tour of a corrupt and crumbling society.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592641192
  • Publisher: Toby Press LLC, The
  • Publication date: 3/1/2005
  • Series: Inspector Llob Series , #2
  • Pages: 250
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Yasmina Khadra
Yasmina Khadra
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.

Biography

Yasmina Khadra is the nom de plume of the Algerian army officer Mohammed Moulessehoul, who is the author of four other books published in English: Double Blanc, Morituri, In the Name of God and Wolf Dreams. He took the feminine pseudonym to avoid submitting his manuscripts for approval by military censors while he was still in the army. He lives in France.

Author biography courtesy of Random House, Inc.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Mohammed Moulessehoul
    2. Hometown:
      Aix-en-Provence, France
    1. Date of Birth:
      January 10, 1955
    2. Place of Birth:
      Kenadsa, Sahara, Algeria
    1. Education:
      Officer in the Algerian army
    2. Website:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2005

    Graphic but Good

    The web of intrigue and crime that the author weaves is engaging, and startingly realistic. While not for those of a light stomach or who take easy offense, this is an excellant read.

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