Abdelilah Hamdouchi

Translated by Jonathan Smolin

"I want that gun, even if it's in a fish's stomach."



Abdelilah Hamdouchi
Translated by Jonathan Smolin


When a fourth corpse in three days washes up in Tangier with a bullet in the chest, Detective Laafrit knows this isn’t just another illegal immigrant who didn’t make it to the Spanish coast.
The traffickers. The drug dealers. The smugglers. They know what it takes to get a gun into Morocco, and so does Laafrit. As his team hunts for the gun, Laafrit follows a hunch and reveals an international conspiracy to unlock the case.

A fast-paced crime thriller from the Arab west.



"Abdelilah Hamdouchi seems to have found the formula for the emergence of the Moroccan detective novel."—Libération Kaleidoscope

"The plotting is tight and watching the story's resolution unfold is a delight. . . . As a guilty-pleasure read, it is a winner."—M. Lynx Qualey, The National

"Much is packed into this relatively short, fast-paced novel. "—The Jordan Times

“A refreshing and refined crime thriller . . . . Events unfold cleanly, with a sniper’s precision.”—Banipal

"Whitefly is an entertaining crime novel, a slice of insight into police culture. However, it is also a subtle hint at some of the most pressing issues tormenting contemporary Morocco, bubbling beneath the surface, and of all that cannot be filed away and put on the backburner quite as easily as a police case."—Banipal



Abdelilah Hamdouchi

Born in Meknès, Morocco in 1958, Abdelilah Hamdouchi is one of the first writers of police fiction in Arabic and a prolific, award-winning screenwriter of police thrillers. Many of his novels, including the acclaimed The Final Bet, address democratic and human rights issues. He lives in Rabat, Morocco.

Translator Jonathan Smolin is the author of Moroccan Noir: Police, Crime, and Politics in Popular Culture (2013). He lives in Hanover, NH.

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  • March 15th 2016
  • $14.99 / £7.99 / LELE200
  • Format: eBook
  • ISBN: 9781617977220
  • Also available as: Paperback

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