“An interesting story. The background and cultural differences make it a worthwhile read.”

“This is a different type of novel for most Americans who don't get to read much of what is written in Europe unless it follows the traditional English mystery or Scandinavian thriller. What sets this apart (like the works of Izzo or Khadra) is the setting. The book is set in the former French-African country of Mali. For most people this is like asking them to find Burkina Faso on a map.

Except for the rebellion by the Tuaregs a couple of years ago, where they did a lot of destruction to the old city of Timbuctu, most of us have no clue about the country or the people who live there. Ask yourself, who is the government and the major tribes of the country. By reading this book you will learn about where the capital and a couple of major cities are, and the major river that runs through the country.

Guillaume, pulls no punches when he discusses the corruption of the government (much of it fueled by NarcoDollars) and the lacks of infrastructure and utilities in the country. These Africa nations of the Sahel, are the banana republics of the 21st Century. You get the feeling that 200 armed men and a couple of tanks and jet fighters could overthrow the government in about two day.

Countries like this don't have the same cultural background of European nations when it comes to respect for the government (which do little for the common people) and just with they would leave them alone. It's a lot like the game from my childhood "Capture the Mountain". If you have the Army on your side (yes they all have armies) all you need to do is capture the Presidential Palace, the Government Headquarters and the Radio/TV station, and your in charge.

Solo is a private eye in Bamako (the capital) who has come "home" from France. He has had to leave France for an unexplained reason where he was a policeman. Most likely (like any good noir detective) because he was too honest. So he is asked to look into the death of someone's friend, and it goes on from there. It's an interesting story and the background and cultural differences make it a worthwhile read.” —Something Interesting This Way Comes

White Leopard