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Ashraf Farouk; Tourist Police

Ashraf Farouk; Tourist Police [Kindle Edition]

Mark White
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Whether smashing a drug ring, probing an organ smuggling racket or dealing with a sinister vegetable, nothing fazes Cairo's crookedest cop - especially if there's a backhander to be made

The original collection of short stories starring Ashraf Farouk of the Egyptian Tourist Police, including;

Ashraf and the Stakeout - Sitting in a surveillance van under the baking sun can try anyone's patience. And when Ashraf Farouk gets testy, you know a forcible arrest won't be long in coming

Ashraf the Blood Donor - Thwarted in his attempt to sell top shelf magazines, Ashraf Farouk goes respectable to sell his blood. But when a handsome doctor arouses his suspicions it's not long before an unfortunate incident occurs

Ashraf and the Con Men - Ashraf's back on the beat; perhaps running a sweepstake around the Commandant's nervous twitch wasn't a good idea. Luckily there are plenty of opportunities for him to work off his irritation

Short Stories (140pp paperback) Adventure / Humour

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 281 KB
  • Print Length: 140 pages
  • Publisher: Obyod Press (10 May 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0053Y7HN6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #668,943 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars You're nicked, effendum 6 Sep 2012
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Ashraf Farouk is a police lieutenant in Cairo. His job is to stop his countrymen fleecing the tourists, and he is good at it. He is also good at lining his own pockets.

Crime on his patch is a chaotic mix of ancient and modern: bogus moneychangers, rigged scales in the gold and silver shops, pickpockets and distraction thefts; but also drug dealing, pornography and the odd riot. Police equipment is state of the art - surveillance vans borrowed from the CIA (unfortunately not designed for the midday heat of Egypt); gas and rubber bullets for the riots. Farouk, though, prefers to crack heads with the unofficial teak truncheon he carries under his jacket.

Mark White's stories are exotic and original, and he skirts cleverly round the comic opera clichés of the casbah while still giving a sense of a shambolic post-colonial world. Labyrinthine laws are supported by mind-numbing bureaucracy. Police are corrupt and accountable to no-one but themselves. Farouk presides over his squad like Gene Hunt over the Life on Mars CID crew.

These are not short stories in the literary sense. More like well-told smoking room yarns: linear, event-driven and generally with a small twist at the end to round them off. The style too is unpretentious - smooth and literate, but lapsing occasionally into a jocular irony which I found mannered.

"When the supply of criminals dried up Farouk betook himself to that staple of police work: the persecution of motorists. Any suspect vehicle that fell under his eye was subjected to a thorough inspection, and the clerks at the local courts despaired at the sudden influx of paperwork that resulted."

Not quite satisfying, perhaps, as individual stories.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 19 Oct 2014
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Fun to read. Light hearted. Interesting characters.
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