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City of Veils
 
 
Author
Zoe Ferraris.
Publisher Little, Brown  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.25 x 1.25 inches
ISBN 9780316074278
Pages/Publication Date 393/2010
Daedalus Item Code 22368
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In this brilliant second mystery set in the clandestine social realms of Saudi Arabia, following her Los Angeles Times Book Prize–winning debut Finding Nouf, Zoë Ferraris again pairs Palestinian desert guide Nayir al-Sharqi with his unexpected sleuthing partner Katya Hijazi, a woman in the police forensics lab who pretends to be married to gain a measure of independence. Working in tandem in their respective worlds, the two uncover the identity of a woman whose mutilated body was found on the beach. Leila had been a documentary filmmaker, and in her surviving footage Katya and Nayir uncover an underworld of prostitution and human trafficking.

"Nayir and Hijazi gingerly probe the death of an unconventional young woman found mutilated and half-nude on a beach near Jeddah, as well as the disappearance of an American security contractor, who, to the dismay of his American wife, had a 'summer marriage' with the victim. Nayir, a sensitive but orthodox Muslim, inches toward realizing that when a woman is cloistered, a man's duties to her multiply a dozenfold, while independent-minded Katya, whom he loves, pretends to be married in order to work as a technician in Jeddah's homicide force. Katya's boss, Det. Insp. Osama Ibrahim, also loses his progressive self-image after he discovers his wife wants a career more than she wants his children. The author, who lived for a time in Saudi Arabia in the 1990s with her then-husband, presents a searing portrait of the religious and cultural veils that separate Muslim women from the modern world."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

 
 
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