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The Divinities Reviews

The Divinities by Parker Bilal

The Divinities: A Crane and Drake Novel

Parker Bilal

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2 reviews

Imprint: The Indigo Press
Publisher: The Indigo Press
Publication date: 16 May 2019
ISBN: 9781999683375

When two bodies are found brutally murdered at a building site in Battersea, DS Calil Drake is first to the scene.

4 stars out of 5
Geoffrey Wansell
30 May 2019

"As you would expect from Bilal, the story is told with a delicate elegance... compelling"

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.


4 stars out of 5
Joan Smith
19 May 2019

"terrific crime fiction rooted in geopolitics"

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.