Souleymain Camara (Solo) left his career as a cop in France for the supposedly quieter life of a PI in West Africa. Unfortunately, corruption is everywhere and it seems to follow him like a lost puppy.
The beginning of his latest adventure brings a beautiful woman to his doorstep asking him to help her sister. Apparently the sister has made the very bad decision to get tangled up with drug smugglers. She was caught acting as a drug mule and was arrested. Her sister is willing to do anything to get her released and begs Solo for his help.
Solo “plays ball” with the corrupt politicians of the area and gets the sister out of jail. But she never makes it home to her daughter. She is found with her throat slit the day after her release.
The case continues to spiral out of control and quickly becomes very personal to Solo. He finds his life in danger as well as the lives of people he cares about. If the bad guys cross the line into his life, he is not above taking an eye for an eye.
I’m not really sure if I like Solo, but if he were a real person, he would not care if I did or didn’t. The reasons he does what he does are because he is following a strict code to which he adheres, even though it isn’t necessarily one we would all follow.
Guillaume, a French author making his English language debut with White Leopard, does not lose the integrity of the story, or the noir feel of his main character in the translation. As a former cop himself, Guillaume pulls from his vast knowledge of police work including narcotics, anti-gang and drug trafficking. This knowledge brings a graphic reality to this book and I would presume the others.
This is a hard-boiled detective novel. The chapters are short, and the tone and language gritty. Reality is intertwined with fiction creating a heart-pounding, page turning thriller.
White Leopard is his seventh novel; the previous six were published in French.
Copyright © 2015 Laura Hartman
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