"No matter how gritty a hardboiled detective novel can be, it'll always get grittier in the Sahara."

Good Golly, Miss Mali
Bamako, the capital of the West African country Mali, ranks with Gaborone, Botswana (the setting for Alexander McCall Smith's No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency novels), as one of the least likely places to pursue a career in private investigation. French ex-cop Soulemayne "Solo" Camara is doing exactly that in Laurent Guillaume's English-language debut, White Leopard, albeit in the distinctly shady manner of a noir gumshoe. Shady behavior makes sense in a corrupt country where 'buying off people is the national pastime,' but things go pear-shaped for Camara after he secures his latest client's release by paying some money under the table. Her body is found in the muddy Niger River, and it becomes a race against time to neutralize the killers before they neutralize him. No matter how gritty a hardboiled detective novel can be, it'll always get grittier in the Sahara." —Book Page, December 2015 issue

White Leopard