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The Final Bet (2001)

by Abdelilah Hamdouchi

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"Whether you're innocent or guilty doesn't matter. The evidence is against you"
By sally tarbox on 12 April 2017
Format: Kindle Edition
A short (148p) and simply written little detective novel, yet one that kept me hooked thoughout.
Set in Casablanca, Morocco, this is the story of Othman, a 32 year old with a wealthy 73 year old wife. Othman's lifestyle has been transformed by this glittering match, but he is deeply unhappy, yearning to be with his secret girlfriend Naeema and wishing Sofia were dead. So when the elderly woman is found murdered, the police are convinced he must be the culprit.... but is he?

Not just a whodunnit, this novel also looks at the shortcomings of the Moroccan legal system, where the victim has no right to a lawyer in initial questioning. ( )
  starbox | Apr 11, 2017 |
Apparently the first Arabic detective novel translated into English. Set in Morocco it explores a murder, police assumptions, and the role of lawyers in police enquiries. Really good. ( )
  cbinstead | Aug 16, 2015 |
predictable
  sluciani | Jul 22, 2008 |
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Among the dozens of restaurants spread out on the Ain Dab coast, Sofia's was the only one with an air of simple elegance, as if it reflected the personality of its namesake.
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Casablanca. Othman, a handsome young Moroccan man, returns home to discover his elderly French wife, Sofia, brutally murdered in their bedroom. The Moroccan police quickly zero in on Othman as the prime suspect in his wife's murder, but is he guilty?

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