Author(s): Karim Misk
Kosher sushi, kebabs, a second hand bookshop and a bar: the 19th arrondissement in Paris is a cosmopolitan neighbourhood where multicultural citizens live, love and worship alongside one another. This peace is shattered when Ahmed Taroudant's melancholy daydreams are interrupted by the blood dripping from his upstairs neighbour's brutally mutilated corpse.
The violent murder of Laura Vignole, and the pork joint placed next to her, set imaginations ablaze across the neighborhood, and Ahmed finds himself the prime suspect. However detectives Rachel Kupferstein and Jean Hamelot are not short of leads. What is the connection between a disbanded hip-hop group and the fiery extremist preachers that jostle in the streets for attention? And what is the mysterious new pill that is taking the district by storm?
In this his debut novel, Karim Miske demonstrates a masterful control of setting, as he moves seamlessly between the sensual streets of Paris and the synagogues of New York to reveal the truth behind a horrifying crime.
Winner of Grand Prix de Litterature Policiere: Romans Francais 2012.
'Intelligent and gripping' --Tariq Ali.
'A brilliant debut' --Robin Yassin-Kassab, The Guardian.
'Exciting, informative, stimulating, and a little frightening' --Marcel Berlins, The Times.
'Not to be missed' --The Tablet.
'A debut of notable assurance ... roof that French crime fiction is jostling its way to the top of the noir tree' --Barry Forshaw, Independent.
'A brazenly political crime novel for our times' --The Lady.
'Two police officers who could have been invented by Fred Vargas ... an author is born. And it's good news: once he gets going, it won't be easy to catch up with him' --L'Express.
'It's impossible to miss this dramatically contemporary crime novel about new Muslim and Jewish fundamentalists living together in France' --Le Point.
Born in 1964 in Abidjan to a Mauritanian father and a French mother, Karim Miske grew up in Paris before leaving to study journalism in Dakar. He now lives in France, and is making documentary films on a wide range of subjects including deafness, for which he learned sign language, and the common roots between the Jewish and Islamic religions. Arab Jazz is the author's first novel.