Abdelilah Hamdouchi,, one of the first writers of police fiction in the Arabic language, was born in Meknès, Morocco, in 1958. His police novels--which dialogue with current democratic and human rights reform in Morocco--include The Blind Whale (1997), Saint Janjah (1999), The White Fly (2000), and The Last Wager (2001). While all four have received critical acclaim in Morocco and abroad, none have been published in English translation. Hamdouchi is also a prolific and award-winning screenwriter. Among his many film and television credits, he has written the scripts for seven police thrillers. He currently lives in Rabat, Morocco.