Paris: the first Arab candidate for the French presidency - and favourite to win - has been shot on Election Day. Saint-Étienne: the sprawling Nerrouche family is caught up in the aftermath of the assassination attempt only hours after a grand wedding. A political thriller that is also a classic family saga, this book has a breathless pace - The Wire crossed with La Haine. By turns epic and intimate, it’s a page-turner with serious literary intent. I can't wait for the next instalment.
Recommended by Ruairí, Dubray Rathmines
It's the day of the presidential elections and all of France is in a state of shock: the first Arab candidate, who was projected to win, has just been shot. The sprawling Nerrouche family is devastated to discover that one of their own is the prime suspect in the shooting. It turns out that Nazir, a shadowy but compelling figure, has links to Islamist extremists. In the aftermath of the assassination attempt, the police and prosecution unravel, creating a vacuum in which old alliances shatter and new, more ominous ones emerge. As riots break out, prosecutors and detectives descend upon the Nerrouches, turning them into a convenient political scapegoat for the country's elite. It falls to the family's favourite son Fouad, Nazir's brother and apparent opposite, to clear his family's name. But an enigma hangs over the affair: what if the whole assassination attempt and manhunt was in fact a far-reaching, clandestine plot intended to alter the course of history?