Moghul Buffet by Cheryl Benard

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An American businessman visiting Peshawar, Pakistan, vanishes from his hotel room. The only clue is an enigmatic message in blood scrawled on the Coke machine. A series of murders follows. But in a country where half the population is hidden beneath chadors, tracking a murderer can be difficult.

About Cheryl Benard

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Benard, a sociologist, is the author of numerous nonfiction books. She lives in Vienna, Austria and Maryland.
Published April 1, 1998 by Farrar Straus & Giroux (T). 263 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In a burst of idealistic frenzy born out of crushing boredom, he inspires a pack of Taliban warriors to build a latrine for the women—and, in the meantime, murky explanations of the various killings may or may not hold up under scrutiny, while the author’s attempts to weave character sketches int...

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Both a wickedly funny cross-cultural comedy of errors and an edgy murder mystery, Benard's lively debut begins with the disappearance of timid, pudgy U.S. businessman Micky Malone in Peshawar, an ultraconservative, crime-ridden Pakistani backwater on the Afghan border.

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