Author(s): Parker Bilal
A war criminal on the run. A mercenary hunting him down. A man caught in the crossfire. Private Investigator Makana has a new client: the powerful art dealer Aram Kasabian. Kasabian wants him to track down a priceless painting that went missing from Baghdad during the US invasion. All the dealer can tell Makana is that the piece was smuggled into Egypt by an Iraqi war criminal who doesn't want to be found. The art world is a far cry from the shady streets and dirty alleyways of the Cairo that Makana knows, but he discovers that this side of the city has its own dark underbelly. Before long, he finds himself caught between dangerous enemies on a trail that leads him into the darkness of war and which threatens to send the new life he has built for himself up in flames.
Cairo is haunted by the ghosts of war. Makana finds himself on a quest for a lost treasure that soon turns deadly
Not for the first time, a literary novelist uses the crime genre to terrific effect Sunday Times 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 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 Excellent . More please Literary Review
Parker Bilal is the pseudonym of Jamal Mahjoub. The Burning Gates is his fourth Makana Investigation. Born in London, Mahjoub has passed through Sudan, Egypt, Denmark and Britain, before settling in Barcelona.