The new investigation by “the perfect 21st-century detective” in an “excellent,” “must-read” series.
When a severed head washes up on the riverbank alongside his Cairo houseboat, Makana suspects the remains relate to a series of seeming ritual murders. The victims are all young refugees, South Sudanese—and as such, they are not a top priority for the police. Himself an exile here, Makana is compelled to investigate on his own.
Meanwhile, he’s working a paid case, hired by the parents of Mourad Hafiz, an undergraduate gone missing. Makana follows the trail through the labyrinth of cyberspace and through the streets of Cairo, crowded with refugee protesters in the cold of winter—until he discovers that his two investigations may be dangerously connected.