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Dogstar Rising: A Makana Investigation [Kindle Edition]

Parker Bilal
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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Book Description

It is the summer of 2001 and in Cairo's crowded streets the heat is rising...

The unsolved murders of young homeless boys are fanning the embers of religious hatred. As tensions mount, Makana, who fled his native Sudan a decade ago, has been hired to investigate threats that have been made to a hapless travel agent. The case draws him close to Meera, a woman who knows what it is like to lose everything and who needs his help. But Makana's troubled past is trying to lay claim to him once again, this time in the form of a dubious businessman who possesses a powerful secret.

When Makana witnesses a brutal killing he uncovers a web of intrigue, violence and old secrets, and attracts the attention of some very dangerous people.

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Excellent crime novel ... The pleasure the book offers is the realistic, eye-opening picture of a place and a lifestyle. Parker Bilal has written several novels but this is only his second mystery. More please (Literary Review)

His second novel set in Egypt, is as gripping as the first ... His skills are evident in the pace, confidence and emotional truth of this brilliant novel (The Sunday Times)

All the satisfying complexities of his first ... A superb novelist's eye for detail ... Like all the best crime fiction, Bilal's story has a depth and resonance which stretches far beyond its cast of characters into the wider world (Independent)

Parker Bilal whisks the reader straight to the dark heart of Cairo... his prose has a subtlety that is rarely found in crime novels. (Economist)

Bilal expertly delivers a wonderfully rich thriller, at once multi-layered and intriguing. His character, Makana, is a thoroughly self-assured and fascinating character, and it was a joy to have been so effortlessly engaged. A rare and special treat. (R.J. Ellory)

The Golden Scales shows modern Cairo as a superbly exciting, edgy and dangerous setting for crime fiction. Parker Bilal has delivered an absorbing, complex lively novel to match. (The Times)

This richly evocative mystery novel ... delivers much more than efficient intrigue. Via the experiences of a family exiled from Sudan, we see and feel all the drama of Egypt on the brink of change. (Independent)

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The second Makana Investigation: a gripping crime novel set against the backdrop of a country on the edge of revolution

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 998 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing; 1 edition (14 Feb. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #29,553 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crime fiction with a difference and at its best 15 Mar. 2013
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Superb, the writing is like fine wine and you dont want to just knock it back but take your time. The background is very different to normal crime fiction set as it is in Egypt and the politics and cultural history makes this a dense and compelling read with the tension building all the time. First time I have read Parker Bilal but it wont be the last - Adrian Pearson
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent follow up to "The Golden Scales" 28 Oct. 2014
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I thoroughly enjoyed the first Makana novel.

"The Golden Scales" introduced me to a new cast of interesting characters set in Egypt at a time when corruption at the highest levels, religious intolerance and an all pervasive and brutal secret police force is rife. My only concern with this opener was the way the author hurtled the reader towards a fiery finale - almost as though the author turned up the heat in the hope that Hollywood would come calling.

"Dogstar.Rising is an excellent follow up. Another very interesting plot line and another set of interesting characters added to which the author appears to capture the real atmosphere of life on the streets of Cairo during such turbulent times. What I particularly liked about this second outing for Makana is that the pacing of the plot is a lot more measured. This time the author has not hurtled us towards a climactic finale but nevertheless it still manages to be a real page turner. I can generally tell if I have really been stimulated by a book by my level of disappointment when I finish the final sentence. That was the case with this one but at least I can comfort myself in the knowledge that the third in the series is already out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Makana in fine form 25 April 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Another fine crime/mystery tale by Parker Bilal. What I find especially interesting about these stories is how the author makes Egypt (and especially Cairo) a key character in the narrative. The crumbling facade and mouldy despair of Egypt on the eve of 9/11 is evoked graphically but with a tinge of resignation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant second book 30 Mar. 2013
By Maxwell
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Once again Parker Bilal has transported this reader to Egypt's dusty streets and stunning scenery within seconds of starting the book.

His story telling is magical,sad,funny and thrilling all in one and his characters so life like,you really feel you know them and are there with them watching the story unfold.

So glad I found his books and cannot wait for the third in this brilliant series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good story of crime in Egypt 2 Aug. 2014
By William
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A good read that starts innoxiously enough but rapidly races onto murder and illicit business in high places. The trail leads from the shady desolate dark alleys of Cairo across the length and breadth of Egypt encountering. a whole cross section of society along the way. Set in the political, social and religious tensions that affect Egyptian life it provides a thrilling and fascinating story..
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3.0 out of 5 stars Too complicated for this reader 25 July 2013
By Julia Flyte TOP 100 REVIEWER
Set in Cairo in summer of 2011, shortly before the 9/11 attacks, this is the story of a private detective hired to investigate threatening notes with a religious tone sent to a local travel agency. The detective, Makana, who previously appeared in The Golden Scales: A Makana Mystery (Makana Mystery 1), is a former policeman who fled his native Sudan some years previously. He quickly learns that the notes were intended for someone other than the owner of the travel agency but also that the owner has his own reasons to feel apprehensive. This is a complex mystery with multiple strands but the real standout of this book is the way that it conveys modern Egypt, with its religious conflicts, corruption and violent underworld.

I feel like my giving this book three stars is my personal failure, because I kept feeling when I was reading it that it was a great book that I just wasn't quite appreciating as I should. Somehow I kept losing interest in it, getting confused by the many characters and the multiple plot strands. Makana is a terrific character that I really like and as I've mentioned above, the sense of place is one of the best things about this book. I just couldn't help feeling that maybe if he'd kept the story slightly simpler and more linear, that the book may have worked better. I enjoyed it, but as it took me almost two weeks to read, I don't feel that I can justify giving it more than 3 stars.
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