The author of the acclaimed Cairo-set Inspector Makana novels has turned his attention to London for a new series featuring DS Calil Drake of the Metropolitan Police, who has been demoted and is barely clinging on to his job, and enigmatic, motorbike-riding forensic psychologist Dr Rayhana Crane. She is drafted in to help Drake, but he insists he has no need of her... As you would expect from Bilal, the story is told with a delicate elegance, with its two protagonists becoming ever more compelling. It promises to be a fine series.
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"It would be a crime to give away anything more, but the end of this beautiful novel made me cry. Jones writes with intelligence and a lively wit, but there’s more — a warmth that forces you to care about these people as if you had met them...."
— The Times
3 out of 5
Over the past few years, Parker Bilal has made Cairo during the final years of the Mubarak regime his own. Bilal is the crime-writing pseudonym of an award-winning literary novelist, Jamal Mahjoub. His latest novel, The Divinities, shows that he knows London just as intimately...
The discovery revives Drake’s own nightmares, as well as confirming Bilal’s ability to create terrific crime fiction rooted in geopolitics.