Layover in Dubai

Layover in Dubai

Dan Fesperman

the most recent mystery from the writer of The beginner Spy and The Prisoner of Guantánamo (“Worthy of sharing shelf area with the novels of John le Carré and Ken Follett”—USA Today) is as stunning as its setting.

Sam Keller has been enlisted by way of his V.P. for company safety and research to undercover agent on one other worker whereas they’re touring for the corporate. as a rule cautious to a fault, Sam makes a decision to reside it up. What higher spot for business-class hedonism than boomtown Dubai, the place hotel islands materialize from open ocean, fortunes are made in a single day, and skiers crisscross the snowy slope of a purchasing mall.

But while Sam’s cost is murdered in the course of an evening in town, it is just the 1st in a sequence of bewildering occasions that plunge him waist-deep right into a deadly mixture of mobsters, prostitutes, crooked police officers, consuls, and company avid gamers.

Offering a chancy method out is Anwar Sharaf, the unlikeliest of detectives. A former pearl diver and gold smuggler with an undignified demeanor, Sharaf is typically as baffled as Sam via the alterations to his place of origin, specially as they're embodied within the habit of his rebelliously independent—and hauntingly beautiful—daughter. yet he understands the place the levers of energy dwell. because the not likely duo paintings their manner towards the guts of the case, each one guy needs to confront the darkest forces threatening Dubai from within.

Here is Dan Fesperman’s such a lot suspenseful novel but: a gorgeous portrait of a urban whose mysterious rhythm (“like the precision throb of a synthetic center, clicking and insistent, but cool to the touch”) is underscored through the insistent clashing of previous and new.

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