“Crime fiction as hard-boiled as it gets. Guillaume knows Mali's underground. His first mystery to be published in English is likely to win fans here, too.”

“What seems a simple case for Malian PI Souleymane (“Solo”) Camara soon turns deadly. Solo, a former French cop who fled his homeland after avenging the deaths of his wife and young son, has made a new life in Mali, where he is known as White Leopard, for the color of his mixed-race skin. Hired by Farah Tebessi to get her younger sister out of prison after her arrest as a drug mule, Solo quickly accomplishes this task, but the young woman is murdered after being freed, and Farah puts out the word that Solo is after the killer. This starts a lethal cat-and-mouse game in which more murder results, and Solo is forced to rely on his status as the police commissioner’s protégé. With drugs at the center of the case, and with not only bullets flying but also machetes slinging and chainsaws humming, this is crime fiction as violent and hard-
boiled as it gets. Guillaume, winner of literary prizes in France, is a former police officer who worked in Mali and knows that country’s underground. His first mystery to be published in English is likely to win fans here, too.” —Booklist

White Leopard