The Golden Scales (Makana Series #1)

The Golden Scales (Makana Series #1)

by Parker Bilal

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ISBN-13: 9781608197958
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 02/06/2012
Series: Makana Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 722,210
File size: 794 KB

About the Author

Parker Bilal is the pseudonym of Jamal Mahjoub. Mahjoub has published seven critically acclaimed literary novels, which have been widely translated. Born in London, he has lived at various times in the UK, Sudan, Cairo and Denmark. He currently lives in Barcelona.
Parker Bilal is the pseudonym of Jamal Mahjoub, the critically acclaimed literary novelist. Dark Water is the sixth novel in the Makana Investigations series, the third of which, The Ghost Runner, was longlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award. Born in London, Mahjoub has lived at various times in the UK, Sudan, Cairo, Barcelona and Denmark. He currently lives in Amsterdam.

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The Golden Scales: A Makana Mystery 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed it completely
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting but to drawn out gets boreing at times wwhen you begin to wish he would cut to the end
cameling on LibraryThing 8 months ago
A child goes missing during her mother's drug induced blackout, and her mother spends years coming back to Cairo trying to find her. Adil Romario, national soccer hero in Egypt is missing and Makana, an ex-police inspector from Sudan who had lost his family and forced to seek refuge in Cairo, is engaged by an elderly Egyptian tycoon to find him.What are his investigations bringing to the surface? Whose feathers are being ruffled, who has the most to lose and who has the most to gain? Everyone has secrets they're trying to protect. Before long, Makana finds himself being followed as he tries to trace the last whereabouts of Adil, the people he knew and the places he had been to. He catches the attention of an ambitious journalist who seems to be shadowing him, and the local police honcho who may be using Makana to fuel his own career advancement. In the meantime, the mother of the long missing child is found tortured and murdered just days after Makana has met her by chance at a cafe he frequents. Something about her murder disturbs him, and he finds himself trying to find answers, and in doing so, puts himself in the way of violent danger from multiple fronts.
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Nodded and went away.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He looked at her with an evil grin "dont worry pretty."