Join Muhammad Amalfi in an exciting series of adventures and crime-related mysteries in the den of the most notorious corsairs the Mediterranean has ever known. The most unlikely of officials, as a foreigner, a convert, and still a student at the law college in Algiers, Muhammad is elevated by the capricious Dey of Algiers to fill the vacant office of Caid al-Fahs, or Chief Commissioner of the Hinterlands of Algiers. Amid the constant danger of the Dey’s disapproval or dismissal-both of which were often fatal for those whose actions displeased the mercurial Dey-the young and idealistic Muhammad sought justice amidst political intrigue, societal turmoil, and the need to survive in a strange and hostile environment.
The ten novels in the Muhammad Amalfi Mysteries feature the adventures of a young Italian orphan raised in a brothel and lost at sea in an open boat before being taken to Algiers as a captive from a hostile nation. The first three novels, Early Years in Algiers, recount the coming of age of the young captive through his ordeal at sea, the agreement resulting in his ransom, and his years as a student of language and law when he comes to the aid of his friends, acquaintances and, through no intention of his own, the Dey of Algiers.
Using his natural instincts, the street smarts developed while a guide to tourists and pilgrims in his native Amalfi and, in the final volumes, the help of his savvy and resolute wife, Hurriya, Muhammad seeks to navigate the troubled waters of a society consumed by the greed of its rulers and reviled by its European neighbors and competitors for the riches of North Africa and the Mediterranean.