Translated by Sam Gordon
Winner of the Grand Prix de littérature policière 2012, the Prix du Meilleur Polar des Lecteurs des Éditions Points 2014, and a 2014 English PEN award.
Kosher sushi, kebabs, a second-hand bookshop and a bar: the 19th arrondissement in Paris is a cosmopolitan neighbourhood where multicultural citizens live, love and worship alongside one another. This peace is shattered when Ahmed Taroudant's melancholy daydreams are interrupted by the blood dripping from his upstairs neighbour's brutally mutilated corpse. The violent murder of Laura Vignole, and the pork joint placed next to her, set imaginations ablaze across the neighborhood, and Ahmed finds himself the prime suspect. However detectives Rachel Kupferstein and Jean Hamelot are not short of leads. What is the connection between a disbanded hip-hop group and the fiery extremist preachers that jostle in the streets for attention? And what is the mysterious new pill that is taking the district by storm? In this his debut novel, Karim Miské demonstrates a masterful control of setting, as he moves seamlessly between the sensual streets of Paris and the synagogues of New York to reveal the truth behind a horrifying crime.
About the author:
Karim Miské is a French writer and documentary films director. His first novel, Arab Jazz, was published in 2012 and was awarded the Grand prix de littérature policière the same year.
Praise for Arab Jazz
"Exciting, informative, stimulating, and a little frightening" —Marcel Berlins, The Times
"Two police officers who could have been invented by Fred Vargas ... an author is born. And it's good news: once he gets going, it won't be easy to catch up with him" —L'Express
"It's impossible to miss this dramatically contemporary crime novel about new Muslim and Jewish fundamentalists living together in France"—Le Point
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