A Place Far Away by Vahan Zanoyan

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Lara Galian is a hauntingly beautiful sixteen-year-old from a poor village in Armenia. In a newly independent country, corrupt oligarchs have unprecedented power and considerable leeway to act above the law. When the ruthless Sergei Ayvazian approaches Lara’s father with an offer to manage her through a wonderful and successful modeling career, her father refuses and is subsequently murdered. A month later, Lara’s mother accepts the offer and Lara is whisked away to Sergei’s mansion, only to be violently raped and sent to Moscow.

Forced into prostitution, Lara refuses to accept her fate and goes through the motions as she’s moved from Moscow to Dubai and eventually sold into the harem of a local VIP. Facing the horrors of forced prostitution, Lara sets forth to escape while Swiss investigative reporter Edward Laurian works to help Lara and her family from back in Armenia. As plots begin to unfold and crumble all around her, Lara’s chances of escape begin to look increasingly slim, but with unlikely allies, the extraordinary courage and moral fiber of her family, and a spirit that never dies, Lara’s fate is far from sealed.

A Place Far Away is a shocking mystery and suspense novel that explores much more than the world of human trafficking and prostitution. Using gripping fiction and suspense to shed light on hard-hitting issues, this groundbreaking and riveting new novel informs while keeping readers completely captivated from the very beginning.

Set in a variety of locales like Armenia, Dubai, and Moscow, A Place Far Away by Vahan Zanoyan touches on a variety of social and cultural issues that are rarely seen in today’s literary and entertainment world. A perfect mix between commercial and literary appeal, this novel is wonderfully suited for a wide range of readers, from the socially conscious to thriller fanatics. With captivating mystery and suspense, and a deft touch on appalling social and cultural issues, this enthralling novel is a true one-of-a-kind adventure.
 

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Published March 21, 2013 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 330 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In his debut novel, Zanoyan illuminates the seedy world of sex trafficking in the newly independent states of the former USSR.

Mar 26 2013 | Read Full Review of A Place Far Away

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As he begins to put the pieces together and realizes Lara’s probable fate, the situation sparks memories of a tragedy in his own past: “That was the incredible vicious circle of dealing with the oligarchs: they got away with murder because no one dared to question them, and no one questioned them...

Feb 16 2013 | Read Full Review of A Place Far Away

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