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 classic hard-boiled noir with a modern twist set in Africa.
Fans of classic hard-boiled PI fiction will relish Guillame's first book to be translated into English. French attorney Farah Tebessi approaches ex-cop Solo Camara, who works as a PI in Bamako, Mali, for help after her younger sister, Bahia, gets into trouble. Bahia, who's a law student in France, was about to catch a flight for Paris from the Bamako airport when she was arrested for transporting 13 kilos of cocaine in her luggage. Since Farah believes that "buying off people is the national pastime in Mali," she asks Solo to bribe the examining magistrate in charge of the case in exchange for dropping it. Solo agrees and succeeds in getting Bahia freed. When Bahia turns up with her throat slit in the Niger River, Farah asks Solo to find the killers and eliminate them. A former cop who served as a police adviser in Mali, Guillame delivers a tale of high-level corruption that will resonate with James Ellroy readers.
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An Incredible Story
This books provides an incredible story that spans continents and cultures. it outlines a culture of depravity and corruption where Solo, the White Leopard, fights his demons, seeks revenge, and tries to help a beautiful French woman. The action takes place in Mali, but the principals are from multiple countries, cultures and walks of life. The death of a drug mule starts a chain of violence, brutality and death to drag the reader into a fascinating and engrossing story. In this world there are no good guys or bad guys. Everyone is a shade of grey, some darker than others. The net result is a feeling that human relationships are the only source of good in an evil culture.