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Finding Nouf
by Zoe Ferraris
From The Jacket:A captivating page turner that vividly evokes Saudi Arabian society and introduces an original new hero. When sixteen year old Nouf goes missing and is found drowned in the desert outside Jeddah, Nayir,a desert guide hired by her prominent family to search for her,feels compelled to find out what really happened. Gentle,hulking, conscientious Nayir soon finds himself delving into the interior life of a wealthy, protected teenage girl in one of the most rigidly segregated of Middle Eastern societies.To gain access to the world of women, Nayir realizes he will have to join forces with Katya Hijazi, a lab technician at the coroner's office and the fiancee of Nouf's brother. In the course of working with Katya and uncovering the mysteries of the dead girl's mind, Nayir must confront his own desire for female companionship and the limitations imposed by his beliefs."Finding Nouf" offers an unprecedented glimpse of daily life in Saudi Arabia in a lyrical, character driven, and immensely satisfying mystery. Like Mma Romotswe in Alexander McCall Smith's best selling series, Nayir al Sharqi is a completely new kind of detective, who is sure to captivate both our hearts and our minds.
This is a good murder mystery that takes place in Saudi Arabia. I highly recommend this book. Reading about the Saudi culture and the difference in how men and women are treated kept me totally engrossed. I read far beyond my bedtime on several occasions.
by-Melissa 2010/09/06, 09:23 AM
This is an intriguing look at today's Muslim culture from the perspective of an American woman who spent time in Saudi Arabia and was married to a Saudi Palestinian Bedouin. Learning about this culture is the heart of this book but the mystery is also quite interesting.
by-Lyn 2010/01/03, 05:52 AM
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