Books by Parker Bilal

DARK WATER by Parker Bilal
Released: July 13, 2017

"Bilal's sixth (City of Jackals, 2016, etc.) again plants a seed of suspense as an entree into a nuanced look at an unfamiliar culture."
An Egyptian detective is lured into protecting a maverick scientist in hiding from terrorists. But who's the real target? Read full book review >
CITY OF JACKALS by Parker Bilal
Released: June 7, 2016

"This fifth case for Makana (The Burning Gates, 2015, etc.) again deftly wraps a whodunit around an eloquent, character-driven look at recent history."
One missing student from South Sudan is a puzzle; a second South Sudanese student found decapitated points to something altogether more disturbing. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Makana's fourth case (The Ghost Runner, 2014, etc.) again uses a mystery MacGuffin to comment eloquently on recent history and daily life in a region unfamiliar to most Western readers.
A seasoned Cairo detective finds himself out of his element and immersed in personal peril in the hunt for a priceless painting. Read full book review >
THE GHOST RUNNER by Parker Bilal
Released: Feb. 13, 2014

"With its elegant prose and its incisive insight into the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, Makana's third appearance (Dogstar Rising, 2013, etc.) transcends genre, satisfying fans of both mystery and literary fiction."
The death of a teenage girl strikes painfully close to home for Sudanese private eye Makana. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 2012

In 1981, British tourist Liz Markham, making an impulsive trip to Cairo with her young daughter Alice, loses her during a tumultuous night on its dark streets. Thirty years later, Makana, an émigré from Sudan (where he was a police inspector), has spent seven years in Egypt living a hand-to-mouth existence. But a possible lifeline comes with an unexpected summons from one of the country's richest men, Saad Hanafi, whose past is checkered, to say the least. Hanafi owns an immensely successful soccer squad, Hanafi Dreem Team, whose popularity crosses national borders. Handsome Dreem Teem player Adil Romario, whose face adorns ads for everything from soft drinks to sports cars, has disappeared. The playboy simply may be blowing off steam, but Hanafi figures better safe than sorry. Hired to find Romario, Makana consults his friend Amin Medani, a human-rights lawyer, who explains Hanafi's deep and perhaps dangerous political connections. When Makana encounters Liz Markham, she tells the sad story of her lost daughter, whose disappearance has left her still raw with pain. Moved in part by personal demons that make him especially receptive to Liz, Makana offers to help her as well. He develops an unlikely friendship with Hanafi's pampered daughter Soraya, an unexpected aid with his search as well as his personal issues. Read full book review >