The Golden Scales (Makana Series #1)

The Golden Scales (Makana Series #1)

by Parker Bilal
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The Golden Scales (Makana Series #1) by Parker Bilal

A lost child. A missing hero. A bitter rivalry.
In Cairo the ghosts of the past are stirring...

The ancient city of Cairo is a whirling mix of the old and the new, where fates collide and the super rich rub shoulders with the desperate and the dispossessed. It is a place where ambition and corruption go hand in hand, and where people can disappear in the blink of an eye.

Makana is a former police inspector who fled for his life from his native Sudan seven years ago. Down on his luck and haunted by the past, he lives on a rickety Nile houseboat. When the notorious and powerful Saad Hanafi hires him to track down a missing person Makana is in no position to refuse him.

Hanafi, whose past is as shady as his fortune is glittering, is the owner of Cairo's star-studded football team. His most valuable player has just vanished and Adil Romario's disappearance threatens to bring down not only Hanafi's private empire, but the entire country. But why should the city's most powerful man hire its lowliest private detective?

Thrust into a dangerous and glittering world Makana's investigation leads him into the treacherous underbelly of his adopted country - where he encounters Muslim extremists, Russian gangsters and a desperate mother hunting for her missing daughter - it becomes a trail that stirs up painful memories, leading him back into the sights of an old and dangerous enemy...

Product Details

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: 107,994
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. Dogstar Rising is his second Makana Mystery. Born in London, Mahjoub has lived at various times in the UK, Sudan, Cairo and Denmark. He currently lives in Barcelona.

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The Golden Scales: A Makana Mystery 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 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
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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."