A ritualistic murder threatens to destabilise the turbulent multicultural melting pot of suburban Paris
Kosher sushi, kebabs, a second-hand bookshop and a bar: the 19th arrondissement in Paris is a cosmopolitan district 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 neighbourhood, and Ahmed finds himself the prime suspect. But detectives Rachel Kupferstein and Jean Hamelot are not short of other leads. What is the connection between a disbanded hip-hop group and the fiery extremist preachers that jostle for attention in the streets? And what is the mysterious blue pill that is taking the district by storm?
Karim Miske demonstrates a sharp eye for character and an evocative sense of place, moving seamlessly between the sensual streets of Paris and the synagogues of New York to reveal the truth behind a horrifying crime.
A brilliant debut - The Guardian
Exciting, informative, stimulating, and a little frightening - The Times
Not to be missed - The Tablet
First time novelist Miske, a filmmaker in his native France, offers up a poetic take on the traditional noir thriller which is one for crime fiction fans looking for something different to the usual tales of cops and robbers. - Dubbo Weekender
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.