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White Leopard
by Laurent Guillaume
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Le French, 2015 (2015)
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* * *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

White Leopard, written by Laurent Guillaume and translated from the French by Sophie Weiner, takes readers to Mali, Africa. Solo is the protagonist, now set up as a private investigator in Bamako, Mali. Once a cop, he fled France after confronting a situation caught between tradition and corruption.

When an ordinary case takes a different turn than expected, Solo feels the pressure again that he felt in France. He must solve the case of a drug mule who has had her throat slit. He feels that a French lawyer is too beautiful and seems to know so much more than she should. Cocaine is much too plentiful. Is he going to be forced to flee once again?

White Leopard is a hard-boiled noir mystery by an author who is an award-winning French writer and a former police officer who has worked in Mali as an advisor to local police. Now a full-time writer, I feel we can count on more work from Laurent Guillaume to entertain the long winter nights.

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