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  • The Ghost Runner

    Bloomsbury

    The death of a teenage girl strikes painfully close to home for Sudanese private eye Makana.
    Cairo, 2002. Makana and his operative Sindbad are being handsomely paid by the imperious Magdy
    Ragab to follow her lawyer husband around, presumably for proof of his infidelity. Ironically,
    the supposed cheater separately contacts Makana and takes him to a clinic where a young woman
    named Karima lies dying after being severely burned. Comparisons to Makana's daughter, Nasra,
    and wife, Muna, both tragically killed, wrench him emotionally and make it impossible for him
    to turn down the investigation of Karima's burning, the details of which are shrouded in mystery.
    And how is she connected to the respected attorney and his wife? It's easy to see that Makana needs
    to answer this question but hard to see how. When he asks Mrs. Ragab about it, she offers him more
    and more money but makes no personal disclosures. Later, on the street, Makana is buttonholed by a
    different woman who claims that she's Magdy Ragab. Karima's death only intensifies Makana's commitment
    to the case even though his friend, Inspector Okasha, counsels him to abandon it. His probe takes Makana
     to the Sahara desert, where trouble follows. The mutilated corpse of a local qadi (judge) is found in
    the lake called Birket Siwa. Like Makana, he had been searching for the man believed to be Karima's father.
    Whom can Makana trust?

  • Dogstar Rising

    Bloomsbury Publishing

    It is the summer of 2001 and in Cairo's crowded streets the heat is rising...

    The unsolved murders of young homeless boys are fanning the embers of religious hatred.As tensions mount, Makana - who fled his home in Sudan a decade ago - has a premonition that history may be about to repeat itself.

    Hired to investigate threats that have been made to a hapless travel agent Makana finds himself drawn to Meera, a woman who knows what it is like to lose everything and who needs his help. But Makana's troubled past is trying to lay claim to him once again, this time in the form of a dubious businessman who possesses a powerful secret.

    When Makana witnesses a brutal killing he attracts the attention of both the state security services and a dangerous gangster family. His search for answers takes him from the labyrinths of Cairo to the ancient city of Luxor and an abandoned monastery in the desert, into a web of intrigue and violence.

     

     

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

Makana is a former police inspector who fled for his life to Cairo 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.
“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

    The Golden Scales

    Bloomsbury Publishing 2012

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

    Makana is a former police inspector who fled for his life to Cairo 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.

    “His prose has a subtlety that is rarely found in crime novels” – Economist

  • Portada de Travelling with djins

    Travelling with Djinns

    Chatto & Windus, London 2006

    Yasin Zahir, a man with two passports and more than two languages, is headed for a divorce from his "English-English" wife Ellen. Encouraged by her to spend time with their son Leo while she communes with distant Danish cousins, Yasin sets out with his seven-year-old on an "educational trip" driven partly by fear of losing his child.


    Winner of the Prix de l’Astrolabe in France.

  • English hardback cover

    The Drift Latitudes

    Chatto & Windus, London 2006 & 2012 ebook

    From typewriters to submarine warfare, taking in the architectural heritage of the slave trade, and civil war in independent Africa, The Drift Latitudes is a complex, moving novel that examines how people deal with the dilemmas of the world we live in. A remarkable and poignant story of our times.

    Also available as ebook in EPUB format and KINDLE

     

  • Nubian Indigo

    Actes Sud 2006 [English version available on Amazon Kindle 2012], French/English

    The Aswan High Dam was constructed by Egyptian President Nasser to help regulate the waters of the Nile and to provide the electricity desperately needed for the development of the country. The price for this leap forwards was the erasure of thousands of years of history, lost beneath the flooded lands of Nubia, the ancient kingdom that straddles the border between Egypt and Sudan. An estimated 50, 000 people were displaced and some 26 archaeological missions were despatched from all around the world in a last minute bid to save the incredible  heritage that was about to be lost. Nubian Indigo tells the story of that pivotal moment in human history.

     

  • London 1998

    The Carrier

    Phoenix House, London 1998

    This is a richly evocative and highly intelligent novel about a man's quest for enlightenment. It marks the arrival of an extremely distinctive young novelist

  • In The Hour of Signs

    Heinemann, African Writers Series, Oxford 1996

    The story of Sudan's struggle for independence in the closing stages of the 19th century and the events which led to the British Reconquest and the founding of the modern Sudan.

    The novel recounts the rise of the Mahdi - self-declared successor to the Prophet Mohammed, and the sequence of events that led to the ‘Reconquest’ of the Sudan in 1898, seen from the perspective of a cast of ordinary people whose lives are caught up in the turning wheels of history.

  • Wings of Dust

    Heinemann African Writers Series, Oxford 1994

    Stranded in a run-down hotel on the Atlantic coast in France, Sharif Turab looks back over his life in an effort to try to understand the ambitions he and his generation had for their newly independent continent and to ask where everything went wrong. 

  • Navigation of a Rainmaker

    Heinemann African Writers Series, Oxford 1989

    Tanner, a young man of mixed race, travels to his father’s home country for the first time. Feeling alienated in Britain, he believes the only way he will be at peace is to explore the side of him he feels he does not yet know. Finding himself in the midst of an escalating civil war, however, Tanner discovers that belonging means having to decide which side he is on.


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