By Dan Fesperman
The most recent mystery from the writer of The novice Spy and The Prisoner of Guantánamo (“Worthy of sharing shelf area with the novels of John le Carré and Ken Follett”—USA Today) is as spectacular as its setting.
Sam Keller has been enlisted by means of his V.P. for company safety and research to secret agent on one other worker whereas they’re touring for the corporate. in general cautious to a fault, Sam makes a decision to dwell it up. What greater spot for business-class hedonism than boomtown Dubai, the place lodge islands materialize from open ocean, fortunes are made in a single day, and skiers crisscross the snowy slope of a buying mall.
But while Sam’s cost is murdered in the course of an evening in town, it is just the 1st in a sequence of bewildering occasions that plunge him waist-deep right into a deadly mixture of mobsters, prostitutes, crooked police officers, consuls, and company avid gamers.
Offering a chancy approach out is Anwar Sharaf, the unlikeliest of detectives. A former pearl diver and gold smuggler with an undignified demeanor, Sharaf is typically as baffled as Sam by means of the alterations to his fatherland, specially as they're embodied within the habit of his rebelliously independent—and hauntingly beautiful—daughter. yet he is familiar with the place the levers of strength dwell. because the not going duo paintings their method towards the guts of the case, every one guy needs to confront the darkest forces threatening Dubai from within.
Here is Dan Fesperman’s so much suspenseful novel but: a gorgeous portrait of a urban whose mysterious rhythm (“like the precision throb of a man-made center, clicking and insistent, but cool to the touch”) is underscored by way of the insistent clashing of outdated and new.