By Karim Miské
Kosher sushi, kebab stands, a secondhand bookstall, and a bar: the nineteenth arrondissement in Paris has all of the trappings of a sophisticated melting pot--a position the place multiethnic electorate reside, love, and worship along each other. yet darkish passions are brewing underneath the probably idyllic imaginative and prescient of peacefully coexisting ethnicities.
Ahmed Taroudant is an archetypal French Arab-non-observant, not able to reconcile his conflicting identities, and bothered by way of the previous. a criminal offense fiction gourmand, Ahmed is engrossed in his most recent booklet whilst he reveals blood dripping from his upstairs neighbor's condo. There, Laura Vignole is located brutally murdered, with a joint of red meat positioned close to her physique, prompting the most obvious end that the killer had spiritual explanations. because the local erupts into hypothesis and gossip, Ahmed unearths himself first between many suspects.
Detectives Rachel Kupferstein and Jean Hamelot try and untangle the complicated internet of occasions major as much as Laura's demise, yet fact is tough to come back via, with each one inhabitant--an Armenian anarchist, a Turkish kebab-shop proprietor, and a Hasidic Rastafarian--reluctant to bare whatever. decided to transparent his identify, Ahmed joins the detectives as they examine the relationship among a disbanded hip-hop workforce and the fiery extremist preachers clamoring for realization within the streets. in the meantime, an ecstasy variation known as Godzwill is taking the district by means of storm.
In his debut novel, Karim Miské demonstrates a masterful regulate of atmosphere, as he strikes without problems among the sensual streets of Paris and the synagogues of recent York to bare the reality at the back of a scary crime.
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Erling whistled softly. It bought him a moment's time. " "I didn't even know it was a family business until the neighbor filled me in. " The moment of truth. Or not. Erling knew he should remove himself from the investigation. He had personal connections to one of the victims. Emotional connections. Big-time emotional connections. Department policy dictated he step aside and let someone else handle it. But he couldn't do that. Not without explaining. Word would get around. Eventually it would get back to Deena.
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Arab Jazz by Karim Miské