A Bitter Veil by Libby Fischer Hellmann

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In Hellmann's 9th historical thriller, it all begins with a line of Persian poetry . . . Anna and Nouri, both studying in Chicago, fall in love despite their very different backgrounds. Anna, who has never been close to her parents, is more than happy to return with Nouri to his native Iran, to be embraced by his wealthy family. Beginning their married life together in 1978, their world is abruptly turned upside down by the overthrow of the Shah, and the rise of the Islamic Republic.
Under the Ayatollah Khomeini and the Republican Guard, life becomes increasingly restricted and Anna must learn to exist in a transformed world, where none of the familiar Western rules apply. Random arrests and torture become the norm, women are required to wear hijab, and Anna discovers that she is no longer free to leave the country.
As events reach a fevered pitch, Anna realizes that nothing is as she thought, and no one can be trusted...not even her husband.

About Libby Fischer Hellmann

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Libby Fischer Hellmann is the award-winning author of the Ellie Foreman and Georgia Davis mystery series; "Nice Girl Does Noir," a two volume short story collection; and the stand-alone novel, "Set the Night on Fire". She also edited the highly praised crime fiction anthology, "Chicago Blues". She has lived in the Chicago area over thirty years.
Published March 22, 2012 by Allium Press of Chicago. 311 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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After moving in together, Nouri and Anna planned a life in Nouri’s native Iran, never imagining how circumstances there were about to change into violent dissent.

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When Nouri asked Anna to marry him and move to Iran with him, she had a few reservations, but she wasn’t really close to her family, Nouri assured her his family would welcome her and there was no doubt in her mind that Nouri was her one true love.

Apr 18 2012 | Read Full Review of A Bitter Veil


Libby Fischer Hellman extensively researched this time period, the changes in Iran, and those people who actually underwent this experience.

Apr 28 2012 | Read Full Review of A Bitter Veil

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