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The Golden Scales: A Makana Investigation Paperback – 1 March 2013

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  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Paperbacks; 1st edition (1 March 2013)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 416 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1408830361
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1408830369
  • Dimensions : 19.99 x 2.59 x 13.49 cm
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.1 out of 5 stars 87 ratings

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Richly evocative mystery novel ... delivers much more than efficient intrigue. Via the experiences of a family exiled from Sudan, we see and feel all the drama of Egypt on the brink of change (Independent)

The Golden Scales shows modern Cairo as a superbly exciting, edgy and dangerous setting for crime fiction. Parker Bilal has delivered an absorbing, complex lively novel to match (The Times)

His prose has a subtlety that is rarely found in crime novels (Economist)

Bilal's powers of description and his sensible, wryly compassionate leading man make this an enthralling read (Laura Wilson Guardian)

Brilliant ... tremendously successful, satisfying ... and at the same time a deeply moving story of suffering and exile (Independent)

A vivid, energetic work ... Set in 1998, the novel shows the extremes of wealth and poverty in Egypt before the Arab spring, while Makana's personal history offers heartbreaking insights into loss and exile (Joan Smith Sunday Times)

A subtle and politically observant thriller. Makana is a highly original investigator who immediately engages our sympathies and whose future exploits I am keen to follow. Parker Bilal's character-driven storytelling is reminiscent of Simenon at his restrained best (Conor Fitzgerald)

Bilal expertly delivers a wonderfully rich thriller, at once multi-layered and intriguing. His character, Makana, is a thoroughly self-assured and fascinating character, and it was a joy to have been so effortlessly engaged. A rare and special treat (R.J. Ellory)

Bilal deftly weaves past and present in this complex and compelling mystery set in 1998 Cairo ... Wonderfully detailed, the narrative reveals Cairo as a teaming, chaotic, and ungovernable. One looks forward to the sequel (Publisher's Weekly)

A vivid picture of an effervescent Cairo, a city that could have been tailor-made as a crime-fiction backdrop. In Makana, Bilal has created a private detective who ticks all the usual boxes of doggedness, valour and ragged nobility, but it's his backstory, and the political ferment in neighbouring Sudan, that mark him out as a fascinating protagonist ... an auspicious debut (Declan Burke Irish Times)

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A major new detective series set in modern-day Cairo - moving between its labyrinthine back streets, and its shining tower blocks - and featuring Makana, an exiled Sudanese private investigator, escaping his own troubled past

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