Bloomsbury to Publish Dark Water by Parker Bilal

Bloomsbury to Publish Dark Water by Parker Bilal

‘A wonderfully written, compelling thriller that gives an exhilarating depiction of contemporary Egypt’ Sarah Perry, author of The Essex Serpent


When Marcus Winslow appears at Private Investigator Makana’s door one April morning, Makana does not realize that soon he will risk losing everything he has built for himself in Cairo.

A representative of the British government, Winslow has come with a mission, one impossible to turn down: Ayman Nizari, an Iraqi scientist specialising in biochemical nerve agents, a man whose work could kill thousands, is on the run and asking for asylum. He trusts only one man to bring him to safety: Makana.

The scientist has gone to ground in Istanbul, and Makana quickly discovers that in this place nothing is as it appears, in a case that will see his past and present collide with fatal consequences.

  • An atmospheric crime novel with a hugely enticing setting in Istanbul
  • So far over 50,000 copies of the series have been sold in the English language
  • The Makana series has received rave reviews in the UK, Australia and the US and Parker Bilal has attended festivals including Edinburgh, Bloody Scotland! and the Adelaide Writers festival
  • ‘This beautifully written series just gets better and better’ – Sunday Express

“Makana is a breath of fresh air, filled with humanity and empathy . . . An electrifying, psychological thriller, one that will keep you guessing right to the very last page” – New York Journal of Books
“One of crime fiction’s most interesting and sympathetic detectives. Bilal’s Cairo is a Los Angeles of yesteryear, Makana a wonderful Marlowe … An author who gets better and better” – Marcel Berlins, The Times

Author’s Bio: Parker Bilal is the pseudonym of Jamal Mahjoub, the critically acclaimed literary novelist. Dark Water is the sixth novel in the Makana Investigations series, the third of which, The Ghost Runner, was longlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award. Born in London, Mahjoub has lived at various times in the UK, Sudan, Cairo and Denmark. He currently lives in Amsterdam.

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