It is 2002 and Private Investigator Makana is shaken out of his grief when a routine surveillance job leads him to the horrific murder of a teenage girl. In a country where honour killings are commonplace and the authorities turn a blind eye, Makana determines to track down the perpetrator. Seeking answers in the dead girl’s past he travels to Siwa, where an old enemy lurks in the shadows. Makana discovers that the truth can be as deadly and as changeable as the desert beneath his feet.
"Murder mystery that expertly probes the dark side of Cairo" (Independent)
"A novel that is both celebration and indictment of modern Egypt" (Daily Telegraph, Summer Reading)
"Cairo detective Makana investigates an "honour" crime" (Sunday Times, Summer Reading)
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my favourite markana book so far