"Whether it’s shooting thugs in the kneecaps, punching them in the solar plexus, or chopping off their hands at the wrist, author Laurent Guillaume doesn’t pull any punches in his gritty and graphic English-language debut, White Leopard.
Guillaume’s anti-hero Souleymane (Solo) Camera is a tough-as-nails private investigator making his living in arid Bamako, Mali, in West Africa after running from a dark past in France, where he was a former drug force detective. Solo’s cases typically involve chasing down and photographing cheating husbands in divorce cases, although he has handled a few higher profile criminal cases, netting him the title’s nickname from police. (He’s part French, part Malian, and reviled by both.)...
Guillaume is an award-winning author of six previous books in France, but this is his first English-language publication. A former police officer, he worked anti-gang, narcotics, and financial crimes, and also served as a police advisor in Mali on drug trafficking cases. His familiarity with the Mali government and community is evident in his vivid, unflinching portrayal of the novel’s setting and characters.
The novel is aptly adapted to English by translator Sophie Weiner, who has a master’s in literary translation from the Sorbonne. Le French Book is a New York publisher specializing in great reads from France.” — Killer Nashville Book of the Day. Read full review here.