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City of Veils by Zoë Ferraris

City of Veils - Zoë Ferraris
bookshelves: tbr-busting-2015, series, published-2010, e-book, muslim, dec-2015-free-for-all, winter-20152016, jan-2016-litricher, lifestyles-deathstyles, lifesa-beach, tbr-busting-2016
Recommended for: Laura, Wanda et al
Read from December 17, 2015 to January 03, 2016


Description: The body of a young woman is discovered on the grimy sands of Jeddah beach; soon afterwards, a strong-minded American woman finds herself alone and afraid in the most repressive city on earth when her husband suddenly disappears.

Investigating police officer Osama Ibrahim, forensic scientist Katya Hijazi and her friend, the strictly devout Bedouin guide Nayir Sharqi join forces to search out the truth in the scorching city streets and the vast, lethal emptiness of the desert beyond.

Breathtakingly fast-paced, sure-footed and thrilling, this novel paints in dazzling colours a city of veils in which more is hidden than is revealed, and nothing is what it seems.

Opening: The woman’s body was lying on the beach. “Eve’s tomb,” he would later come to think of it, not the actual tomb in Jeddah that was flattened in 1928, to squash out any cults attached to her name, nor the same one that was bulldozed again in 1975, to confirm the point. This more fanciful tomb was a plain, narrow strip of beach north of Jeddah.
'Slavery had been outlawed in the kingdom in 1962,
but that hadn’t changed the fact that it still
existed in some quarters
under the less charged name of domestic help.'

4* Finding Nouf (Nayir Sharqi & Katya Hijazi #1)
3* City of Veils (Nayir Sharqi & Katya Hijazi #2)