The Ghost Runner

The Ghost Runner

A Makana Mystery

Book - 2014
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When a surveillance job leads private investigator Makana to the murder of a teenage girl, he and a woman named Zahra search for justice in a country where the authorities can be willing to turn a blind eye to apparent honor killings.
Publisher: New York :, Bloomsbury,, 2014
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9781620403402
1620403404
Characteristics: xi, 413 pages ; 22 cm

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gvenkatesh
May 18, 2014

An intricate plot set in Egypt in the aftermath of 9/11 intertwined with the social and political turmoil in the region. The subject matter and views of characters might be unpalatable to some insular US readers. Such readers will likely never get past the prologue which appears to have been written specifically to weed out such audiences! The open minded readers who get past it will be rewarded with an absorbing even if messy tale that almost descends into the noir category. The plot is a bit predictable but the context of the country and its society offers a refreshing change from the usual first world mysteries. There is one fatal flaw in writing style that keeps it from being seriously considered a literary work. While it is difficult to provide a credible English dialect to the main characters who presumably would not know English, the author puts too many Western idioms into the dialog with silly translations such as - "he was doing Allah knows what". This detracts from the authenticity of the characters who, because of it, will seem like local characters in a movie played by Western actors wearing suitable makeup. The author could have structured the dialog with local idioms and linguistic patterns as good literary works do.

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