‘In The Mandrake File, Bannel has created one of the most fascinating, complex detectives of contemporary crime fiction: [In] Osama Kandar … he has created an unforgettable expression of the resilience of the Afghan spirit. Here’s hoping that this is the first in a Kandar series.’
Caroline Baum, Booktopia
In a Kabul ravaged by violence and corruption, Murder Squad boss Osama Kandar still believes in integrity, a code of honour, and loyalty to old friends. But the apparent suicide of a businessman called Wali Wadi changes everything.
As Kandar's routine investigation starts to suggest murder, the Minister for Security attempts to foil his every move, motivating him even more to solve the alleged crime.
Meanwhile, a Swiss-based secret organisation known as The Entity is doing everything in its power to terminate Kandar's investigation, even if it means putting an end to his life and those of innocent civilians. Wali Wadi's murderer must not be found, whatever the cost.
At the same time, Entity analyst Nick Snee is looking for a man named Leonard Mandrake, who has information that The Entity is desperate for. When Snee Nick discovers that Mandrake's information is related to Wali Wadi's death, he joins forces with Kandar to find out what everybody is after, and why so many innocent lives are being destroyed in the wake of the Mandrake Affair.
What they discover is far more important than either could have possibly imagined.
About the Author
Cédric Bannel, 45, began his career as a French foreign diplomat and as a senior public official working on financial sanctions against Iraq. He has gone on to found and head one of France’s biggest Internet companies.
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Comments about The Mandrake File:
Set in Afghanistan, this is not a straightforward whodunnit but instead, takes the reader into a complex situation of daily life lived against the backdrop of war. How can an Afghan detective weave his investigative urge through a tightening web of corruption, bureauacracy and foreign misunderstandings of his country?
This detective has many dangerous challenges to deal with and the risks he takes, along with one or two of his colleagues, puts lives on the line.
This process raises questions about what is important in a time of war, who you will offend?
There are men in positions of power above you who would rather see you dead than have you find out uncomfortable truths. How you deal with that is tricky, very tricky indeed.
We may never visit Afghanistan but readers will feel more informed about what it's like day to day for the local population.
The Mandrake File is a great read and deserves a wide audience.
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 2nd July 2012
Publisher: Scribe Publications
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3