Anouar Benmalek / translated by Simon Pare

After Algeria’s brutal and protracted War of Independence, Aziz does his best to lead a normal life, free from blood and conflict. But when his 13-year-old daughter is abducted he is confronted by the harsh reality of modern Algiers, and finds himself as the mercy of a man who will stop at nothing to get what he wants and takes savage pleasure in turning a family against each other.

How far will a father go to save his child? Aziz must comfort the past and is forced to act on his darkest fears. Based on the author’s own experiences, Abduction is the stark and gritty tale of a game of life and death, whose origins lie in the unmarked graves of old crimes that refuse to be forgotten. The threat is real and time is running out.

ANOUAR BENMALEK is one of France’s bestselling writers. His novels include The Lovers of Algeria and The Child of an Ancient People.

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