The Burning Gates

‘An excellent series’ New York Times Book Review

Private Investigator Makana has a new client: the powerful art dealer Aram Kasabian. Kasabian wants him to track down a priceless painting that went missing from Baghdad during the US invasion. All the dealer can tell Makana is that the piece was smuggled into Egypt by an Iraqi war criminal who doesn’t want to be found.

The art world is a far cry from the shady streets and dirty alleyways of the Cairo that Makana knows, but he discovers that this other side of the city has its own dark underbelly. Before long, he finds himself caught between dangerous enemies on a trail that leads him into the shadow of war and which threatens to send the new life he has built for himself up in flames.

‘Gripping … Brilliant’ Sunday Times

‘Enthralling’ Guardian

‘Richly evocative’ Independent