Whitefly: A Novel
By Abdelilah Hamdouchi; translated by Jonathan Smolin
The American University in Cairo Press
Reviewed by AA Bastian
December 3, 2016
Detective Laafrit is trying to quit. Will sucking lozenges keep him from smoking while he searches for the murderer of four Moroccans washed ashore near Tangier’s coastline? The case takes on international proportions as ties between the murdered men and intrigues in Spain emerge.
Whitefly opens with youth protesting illegally for jobs, a parallel to Laafrit’s activist youth. He must defuse the situation to save the students from the retribution of the Moroccan police force, famed for torturing their captured….
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