Superintendent Brahim Llob is bored.
Nothing seems to need his attention in an unusually quiet Algiers. Then
suddenly peace is shattered in ways Llob could never have imagined. His
subordinate, Lieutenant Lino, falls for an entirely unsuitable woman, and is
devastated when she returns to a previous lover, the wealthy and influential
Haj Thobane. Thobane survives an attempted murder that kills his chauffeur
and Lino's gun is found at the scene. With Lino in prison, it is up to Llob
to face down the corrupt echelons of the Algerian government to find the
truth about what happened the night of the murder. The search will take the
world-weary Llob down avenues even he has never encountered and will force
him to delve into his beloved country's brutal past.
Translated by Aubrey Botsford from the original French.
About the Author
YASMINA KHADRA is the pseudonym of the Algerian author Mohammed Moulessehoul, who was born in 1956. A high ranking officer in the Algerian army, he went into exile in France in 2000, where he now lives in seclusion. In his several writings on the civil war in Algeria, Khadra exposes the current regime and the fundamentalist opposition as the joint guilty parties in the Algerian Tragedy. Before his admission of identity in 2001, a leading critic in France wrote: "A he or a she? It doesn't matter. What matters is that Yasmina Khadra is today one of Algeria's most important writers."
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The Critics Praise:
“Yasmina Khadra is one of the rare writers capable of giving a meaning to the violence in Algeria today.”
“A writer who can understand man wherever he is…”
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