City of Jackals

City of Jackals

Book - 2016
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Hired to investigate the disappearance of a university student who may have become involved in political activities, Makana is drawn by a gruesome murder into an ethnic rivalry and gang war among young men from South Sudan.
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, 2016.
Edition: First U.S. edition.
ISBN: 9781632863270
1632863278
Branch Call Number: MF BILAL, PARKER
Characteristics: 440 pages ; 22 cm.

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gvenkatesh
May 20, 2017

This novel in the series is still readable as an escape from the typical first-world mysteries for its locale and characters. But the series seems to have peaked at The Ghost Runner and slowly heading downhill since then.

Author sets the context for each of the novels in a political/social event in the middle-east. It works when the plot is woven well into the event. It doesn't work when it is mostly incidental to the plot as in this novel just to give it the historical fiction tag. The premise of Sudanese immigrants in Egypt that supports the plot is just coincidental with Arab Spring uprising and so the descriptions of the latter are just distractions to fill the book.

Plot is thin, type-setting makes it look heftier than it is, the characters still speak too much like westerners giving it a feel of watching a movie dubbed in English and gratuitous gore seems to be included in the same way gratuitous voilence is included in movies.

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