The Final Bet

A Novel

Abdelilah Hamdouchi
Translated by Jonathan Smolin

When young and handsome Othman married Sofia—sophisticated, French, rich, and forty years his senior—he found his ticket out of a life of desperat

English edition
15 September 2016
144 pp.
13.5X20cm
ISBN 9789774167799
For sale worldwide

$14.95

When young and handsome Othman married Sofia—sophisticated, French, rich, and forty years his senior—he found his ticket out of a life of desperate poverty in the slums of Casablanca. But when Sofia is brutally murdered, the police quickly zero in on Othman as the prime suspect. With his mistress, the love of his life, waiting in the wings he certainly has motive. But is he guilty? Or has he been framed by an overzealous, corrupt police force?

Abdelilah Hamdouchi

Abdelilah Hamdouchi, born in Meknès, Morocco, in 1958, was one of the first writers of police fiction in the Arabic language. Three of his police novels, which touch on democratic and human rights reform, Bled Dry, Whitefly, and The Final Bet, have been translated into English. Hamdouchi is also an award-winning screenwriter with many film and television scripts to his credit. He lives in Rabat, Morocco.

Jonathan Smolin

Jonathan  Smolin is the Jane and Raphael Bernstein Professor in Asian Studies at Dartmouth College in the US. He is the translator of several works of Arabic fiction, including Whitefly by Abdelilah Hamdouchi and A Rare Blue Bird Flies with Me by Youssef Fadel.
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