Kingdom of Strangers by Zoë Ferraris
A Novel (A Katya Hijazi and Nayir Sharqi Novel)

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Ferraris's acute psychological observations bring her characters to life, and she has an unerring sense of place and...of time.
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A secret grave is unearthed in the desert revealing the bodies of 19 women and the shocking truth that a serial killer has been operating undetected in Jeddah for more than a decade.

However, lead inspector Ibrahim Zahrani is distracted by a mystery closer to home. His mistress has suddenly disappeared, but he cannot report her missing since adultery is punishable by death. With nowhere to turn, Ibrahim brings the case to Katya, one of the few women in the police department. Drawn into both investigations, she must be increasingly careful to hide a secret of her own.

Portraying the lives of women in one of the most closed cultures in the world, award-winning author Zoë Ferraris weaves a tale of psychological suspense around an elusive serial killer and the sinister forces trafficking in human lives in Saudi Arabia.
 

About Zoë Ferraris

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Zoë Ferraris moved to Saudi Arabia in the aftermath of the first Gulf War to live with her then husband and his extended family of Saudi-Palestinian Bedouins. She has an MFA from Columbia University and is the author of two previous novels, Finding Nouf and City of Veils. She lives in San Francisco.
 
Published June 5, 2012 by Little, Brown and Company. 375 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction
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Reviewed by Robin Yassin-Kassab on Jul 27 2012

Ferraris's acute psychological observations bring her characters to life, and she has an unerring sense of place and...of time.

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