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Bilal's portrait of a soulful, broken man dominates his series kickoff, both an accomplished genre caper and a fine example of literary fiction.
Posted August 3, 2013
The setting is in Egypt, which is always fun. There is some history interwoven and it is accurate. Enjoyed the character development. Makena, main character, is smart, intelligent, and so patient. It is a great read. I see the person that gave one star did not give a review, but was playing around with letters.
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Posted August 24, 2013
I like mysteries that take me to new places or new professions.
The strength of this mystery is its setting. Modern Cairo with its mixture of filthy rich and very poor (mostly the latter), a fundamentalist takeover of Sudan, the European presence of the Russian mafia form the background for this mystery. Very well done.
It is not unusual the protagonist of the mystery novel to experience an extremely dangerous encounter toward the end of the novel. Not my favorite stylistic gambit, but, even in that context, the fact that the hero of this mystery survives is to far over the top, the book loses a star.
While not part of the rating, some might find the ruthlessness of the new regime in Sudan disturbing - not pleasant reading.
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