A lost child. A missing hero. A bitter rivalry. In Cairo the ghosts of the past are stirring…
The ancient city of Cairo is a whirling mix of the old and the new, where fates collide and the super rich rub shoulders with the desperate and the dispossessed. It is a place where ambition and corruption go hand in hand, and where people can disappear in the blink of an eye.
Makana is a former police inspector who fled for his life from his native Sudan seven years ago. Down on his luck and haunted by the past, he lives on a rickety Nile houseboat. When the notorious and powerful Saad Hanafi hires him to track down a missing person Makana is in no position to refuse him.
Makana’s investigation leads him into the treacherous underbelly of his adopted country—where he encounters Muslim extremists, Russian gangsters, and a desperate mother hunting for her missing daughter—and becomes a trail that stirs up painful memories, leading him back into the sights of an old and dangerous enemy . . .