"Anyone who follows the international news, even casually, is well aware that Pakistan
is one of world’s major trouble spots. This tantalizing novel explores the dynamics
of present-day Pakistani society through the eyes and ears of an expat Pakistani couple
that get stuck there during a vacation due to the kidnapping of their only son. The couple
hails from established military families. However, even after they pay the ransom, their
son doesn’t come home due to the inaptitude of their well-placed relatives and the local
police. Spending an extended time in Pakistan after many years of peaceful upper-middle
class life in the US, the couple is able to see how the Pakistani society has evolved over
the years. The rich are more scared in the new Pakistan and the powerless are asking
The novel is full of colorful characters whose fascinating lives have been masterfully
enmeshed to create a story that remains a page-turner till the end.
Want to guess whose help was needed to bring the boy back home?"
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Published September 13, 2011
Literature & Fiction.