Thursday, August 18, 2011

City of Veils

City of Veils
By Zoe Ferraris
Houghton Mifflin, 2011. 393 pgs. Mystery

In City of Veils, Nayir, a desert guide, and Katya, a medical examiner, once again team up to solve a murder in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia. Three dimensional characters, an exotic location and gripping plot make this book hard to put down. Nayir cautiously follows his heart while aiding Katya’s search for the killer of a female independent filmmaker in a society that doesn’t necessarily value independent females. The paradoxical choices individuals face in a culture very much in transition from repressive tribalism to modernity are portrayed through the many characters, including expatriates living in the Kingdom. SH

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