Re: RARA-AVIS: Favorite noir novels

Date: 07 Apr 2005

Hate to disappoint you, but Yasmina Khadra isn't a woman. It's a pseudonym for an Algerian writer, Mohammed Moulessehoul. Morturi has his Superintenent Llob investigating the kidnapping of a rich man's daughter that, surprise, surprise, turns out not to be exactly what it seemed. Llob is one of those cops you wonder how he ever got promoted, given the way he talks to superiors (he's also a published crime writer, with an ongoing feud with a more "serious" writer), but is tolerated because he's so good at his job. Unfortunately, that and his morals
(he's a religious Muslim) lead him to look into things others want him to ignore. It's highly readable, often quite funny with the smartass remarks, but also pretty dark, given the ongoing civil unrest where cops are regularly targetted for random death.


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