By Karim Miské
Kosher sushi, kebab stands, a secondhand book shop, and a bar: the nineteenth arrondissement in Paris has the entire trappings of a sophisticated melting pot--a position the place multiethnic electorate dwell, love, and worship along each other. yet darkish passions are brewing underneath the likely idyllic imaginative and prescient of peacefully coexisting ethnicities.
Ahmed Taroudant is an archetypal French Arab-non-observant, not able to reconcile his conflicting identities, and afflicted by way of the previous. a criminal offense fiction gourmand, Ahmed is engrossed in his most modern e-book whilst he unearths blood dripping from his upstairs neighbor's condo. There, Laura Vignole is located brutally murdered, with a joint of beef positioned close to her physique, prompting the most obvious end that the killer had spiritual factors. because the local erupts into hypothesis and gossip, Ahmed reveals himself first between many suspects.
Detectives Rachel Kupferstein and Jean Hamelot try to untangle the complicated net of occasions major as much as Laura's loss of life, yet fact is tough to come back via, with each one inhabitant--an Armenian anarchist, a Turkish kebab-shop proprietor, and a Hasidic Rastafarian--reluctant to bare something. decided to transparent his identify, Ahmed joins the detectives as they examine the relationship among a disbanded hip-hop team and the fiery extremist preachers clamoring for consciousness within the streets. in the meantime, an ecstasy version known as Godzwill is taking the district via storm.
In his debut novel, Karim Miské demonstrates a masterful regulate of surroundings, as he strikes easily among the sensual streets of Paris and the synagogues of latest York to bare the reality in the back of a scary crime.
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Her eyes flew open. Daylight glowed in the tent, but not half so warmly as Linc’s eyes. “Holly,” he murmured, tracing her lips with his tongue. “My sweet Holly. ” Five “You recognize me,” Holly said, suddenly nervous. Linc smiled. ” “But yesterday—” she began. ” Linc’s tongue slid between Holly’s lips and moved slowly. She made a small sound as she touched the tip of her tongue against his, tasting him delicately, hungrily. ” Holly couldn’t speak. . her dream made whole and radiant again. “Linc,” she whispered.
Her blue eyes were as hard as glass. “The negligee is meant for a woman, not a giraffe,” Cyn added sweetly. Linc laughed and wound a lock of her fine blond hair around his finger. ” he asked. The last of Holly’s dream broke around her as she watched the easy intimacy between the man she loved and the lush, beautiful woman called Cyn. Well, now I know why he never wrote me, Holly thought starkly. He was too busy with his busty blond. Holly felt like running away and hiding, but her face showed nothing at all.
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Arab Jazz by Karim Miské