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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 surprising as its setting.

Sam Keller has been enlisted by way of his V.P. for company safeguard and research to undercover agent on one other worker whereas they’re touring for the corporate. typically cautious to a fault, Sam makes a decision to stay it up. What higher spot for business-class hedonism than boomtown Dubai, the place hotel islands materialize from open ocean, fortunes are made in a single day, and skiers crisscross the snowy slope of a buying mall.

But whilst 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 law enforcement officials, 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 usually as baffled as Sam by way of the alterations to his place of origin, in particular 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 stay. because the not likely duo paintings their manner towards the guts of the case, each one guy needs to confront the darkest forces threatening Dubai from within.

Here is Dan Fesperman’s such a lot 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of a man-made center, clicking and insistent, but cool to the touch”) is underscored via the insistent clashing of outdated and new.

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