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ISBN13: 9780316074278
ISBN10: 0316074276
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Women in Saudi Arabia are expected to lead quiet lives circumscribed by Islamic law and tradition. But Katya, one of the few women in the medical examiner's office, is determined to make her work mean something.

When the body of a brutally beaten woman is found on the beach in Jeddah, the city's detectives are ready to dismiss the case as another unsolvable murder-chillingly common in a city where the veils of conservative Islam keep women as anonymous in life as the victim is in death. If this is another housemaid killed by her employer, finding the culprit will be all but impossible.

Only Katya is convinced that the victim can be identified and her killer found. She calls upon her friend Nayir for help, and soon discovers that the dead girl was a young filmmaker named Leila, whose controversial documentaries earned her many enemies.

With only the woman's clandestine footage as a guide, Katya and Nayir must confront the dark side of Jeddah that Leila struggled to expose: an underworld of prostitution, violence, exploitation, and jealously guarded secrets. Along the way, they form an unlikely alliance with an American woman whose husband has disappeared. Their growing search takes them from the city's car-clogged streets to the deadly vastness of the desert beyond.

In CITY OF VEILS, award-winning author Zo Ferraris combines a thrilling, fast-paced mystery with a rare and intimate look into women's lives in the Middle East.

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"Ferraris's stellar second novel is again set in Saudi Arabia and features the desert guide Nayir Sharqi and forensic scientist Katya Hijazi, introduced in Finding Nouf. Nayir and Hijazi gingerly probe the death of an unconventional young woman found mutilated and half-nude on a beach near Jeddah, as well as the disappearance of an American security contractor, who, to the dismay of his American wife, had a 'summer marriage' with the victim. Nayir, a sensitive but orthodox Muslim, inches toward realizing that when a woman is cloistered, a man's duties to her multiply a dozenfold, while independent-minded Katya, whom he loves, pretends to be married in order to work as a technician in Jeddah's homicide force. Katya's boss, Det. Insp. Osama Ibrahim, also loses his progressive self-image after he discovers his wife wants a career more than she wants his children. The author, who lived for a time in Saudi Arabia in the 1990s with her then husband, presents a searing portrait of the religious and cultural veils that separate Muslim women from the modern world. (Aug.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)

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When the body of a brutally beaten woman is found on the beach in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Detective Osama Ibrahim dreads investigating another unsolvable murder--chillingly common in a city where the veils of conservative Islam keep women as anonymous in life as the victim is in death.

But Katya, one of the few females in the coroner's office, is determined to identify the woman and find her killer. Aided by her friend Nayir, she soon discovers that the victim was a young, controversial filmmaker named Leila. Was it Leila's connection to an incendiary Koranic scholar or a missing American man that got her killed?

CITY OF VEILS combines a suspenseful and tightly woven mystery with an intimate and nuanced portrait of women's lives in the Middle East.

Synopsis:

A riveting literary mystery, "City of Veils" reveals the shrouded world of women in modern-day Saudi Arabia.

About the Author

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 one previous novel, Finding Nouf. She lives in San Francisco and Lexington, KY.

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Ashland Mystery, January 8, 2011 (view all comments by Ashland Mystery)
Knocked my socks off. The details of the Saudi landscape, climate and streets - the realism of the human relationships - the suspenseful pacing. Ferraris is a must read. Looking forward to more
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Zamyat, September 13, 2010 (view all comments by Zamyat)
This is Ferraris' second book and I loved it so much I am getting her first. Veiled City is a surprising combination of cultural insight, love story, human emotion and CSI mystery. Set in Saudi Arabia, with roughly equal numbers of male and female characters, the reflections on, joy from and struggles with the abiding cultural/religious setting are prevalent for both men and women. At different moments, the homicide investigation is aided or thwarted by the cultural structure. And despite the many differences from North American life, I was left at the end with an experience of shared humanity. Very well written.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780316074278
Subtitle:
A Novel
Publisher:
Back Bay Books
Author:
Ferraris, Zo'e
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Murder -- Investigation.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Women Sleuths
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Subject:
General Fiction
Series:
A Katya Hijazi and Nayir Sharqi Novel
Publication Date:
20110807
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
9.52x6.42x1.33 in. 1.34 lbs.

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Product details 416 pages Little Brown and Company - English 9780316074278 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Ferraris's stellar second novel is again set in Saudi Arabia and features the desert guide Nayir Sharqi and forensic scientist Katya Hijazi, introduced in Finding Nouf. Nayir and Hijazi gingerly probe the death of an unconventional young woman found mutilated and half-nude on a beach near Jeddah, as well as the disappearance of an American security contractor, who, to the dismay of his American wife, had a 'summer marriage' with the victim. Nayir, a sensitive but orthodox Muslim, inches toward realizing that when a woman is cloistered, a man's duties to her multiply a dozenfold, while independent-minded Katya, whom he loves, pretends to be married in order to work as a technician in Jeddah's homicide force. Katya's boss, Det. Insp. Osama Ibrahim, also loses his progressive self-image after he discovers his wife wants a career more than she wants his children. The author, who lived for a time in Saudi Arabia in the 1990s with her then husband, presents a searing portrait of the religious and cultural veils that separate Muslim women from the modern world. (Aug.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Synopsis" by , When the body of a brutally beaten woman is found on the beach in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Detective Osama Ibrahim dreads investigating another unsolvable murder--chillingly common in a city where the veils of conservative Islam keep women as anonymous in life as the victim is in death.

But Katya, one of the few females in the coroner's office, is determined to identify the woman and find her killer. Aided by her friend Nayir, she soon discovers that the victim was a young, controversial filmmaker named Leila. Was it Leila's connection to an incendiary Koranic scholar or a missing American man that got her killed?

CITY OF VEILS combines a suspenseful and tightly woven mystery with an intimate and nuanced portrait of women's lives in the Middle East.

"Synopsis" by , A riveting literary mystery, "City of Veils" reveals the shrouded world of women in modern-day Saudi Arabia.
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