white leopard

Hard-boiled PI novel set in Africa

Everything is possible and nothing is certain

A man torn between two continents finds himself in a dangerous confrontation between tradition and corruption. Solo is a former cop who ran away from a dark past in France to start his life over again in Bamako, Mali, as a PI. An ordinary case turns out to be not so ordinary. The drug mule gets her throat slit. The French lawyer is too beautiful and too well-informed. The cocaine is too plentiful. This is hard-boiled noir with a modern twist set in Africa.

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Laurent Guillaume is a multiple-award-winning French writer and former police officer. In law enforcement, he worked anti-gang, narcotics, financial crimes, and served in Mali as advisor to the local police. He is now a full-time writer.

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Sophie Weiner is a freelance translator and book publishing assistant from Baltimore, Maryland. After earning degrees in French from Bucknell University and New York University, Sophie went on to complete a master’s in literary translation from the Sorbonne.

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White Leopard

by Laurent Guillaume; translated by Sophie Weiner—published by Le French Book—ISBN: 9781939474513 (ebook)/ 9781939474406 (trade paperback)/ 9781939474520 (hardback) — First published in French (Black Cocaïne, Editions Denoël, Paris)—Publication date: November 19, 2015.

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