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City of Veils: A Novel

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A book by Zoë Ferraris

Starred Review. 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 … see full wiki

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Author: Zoë Ferraris
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
1 review about City of Veils: A Novel

Another wonderful character-driven mystery focused on life in Jeddah, KSA

  • Apr 30, 2011
Rating:
+4
This intriguing mystery set in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia features the characters first introduced in Finding Nouf. Once again a young woman is brutally killed, and Katya and Nayir find themselves thrown together trying to discover the killer. Once again, the mystery itself is not as interesting as is the story of Katya and her life in Jeddah. In the months that have passed since the end of Finding Nouf, Katya and Nayir have drifted apart as she has focued on her new job. She finds herself working with a new detective, Osama Ibrahim, a detective with a liberal outlook at work that he soon learns doesn't extend as far into his home life as he himself believed it did. Once Nayir finds himself drawn into the investigation, he is forced to confront his feelings about a young American expat whose husband is missing, and about Katya.

Ferraris paints a vivid picture of life in Jeddah, and does a good job of showing some of the many complications that women face in this strictly gender-segregated environment. Katya is a wonderful character, and I can't wait to read the next installment in her story.

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