Kingdom of Strangers: A Novel

Kingdom of Strangers: A Novel

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by Zoë Ferraris
     
 

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"Ferraris uses her firsthand knowledge to write books that open up a closed world." —-Nina Sankovitch,Huffington Post

A secret grave is unearthed in the desert revealing the bodies of 19 women and the shocking truth that a serial killer has been operating undetected in Jeddah for more than a decade.

However, lead inspector Ibrahim

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"Ferraris uses her firsthand knowledge to write books that open up a closed world." —-Nina Sankovitch,Huffington Post

A secret grave is unearthed in the desert revealing the bodies of 19 women and the shocking truth that a serial killer has been operating undetected in Jeddah for more than a decade.

However, lead inspector Ibrahim Zahrani is distracted by a mystery closer to home. His mistress has suddenly disappeared, but he cannot report her missing since adultery is punishable by death. With nowhere to turn, Ibrahim brings the case to Katya, one of the few women in the police department. Drawn into both investigations, she must be increasingly careful to hide a secret of her own.

Portraying the lives of women in one of the most closed cultures in the world, award-winning author Zoë Ferraris weaves a tale of psychological suspense around an elusive serial killer and the sinister forces trafficking in human lives in Saudi Arabia.

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Editorial Reviews

Diane White - Boston Globe
PRAISE FOR CITY OF VEILS:

"A formidably talented writer....An adroitly plotted, fast-paced mystery....Ferraris's characters are compelling and utterly human."

Sarah Weinman - Salon.com
"Smart and thoroughly entertaining....Tension is everywhere as Ferraris builds suspense."
Malena Watrous - San Francisco Chronicle
"Armchair travelers eager to learn about a remote culture without leaving the comfort (and safety!) of home are sure to find what they're looking for."
Barbara Dickinson - Roanoke Times
"Every detail of this novel is exact and exciting....A riveting literary mystery that will hook readers with every sordid, fascinating, even heartwarming detail until the final page....A whopping good tale....Timely, exciting, urgent...not to be missed."
Owen Hill - Los Angeles Times
"A sensitive look at the life in the city of Jeddah. The novel has a strong sense of place-the author knows the territory....Ferraris has good feel for her two main characters and a beautiful sense of poetic timing....A reworking of a typical police procedural scene is brilliant."
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PRAISE FOR CITY OF VEILS:

"A formidably talented writer....An adroitly plotted, fast-paced mystery....Ferraris's characters are compelling and utterly human."—Diane White, Boston Globe"

Smart and thoroughly entertaining....Tension is everywhere as Ferraris builds suspense."—Sarah Weinman, Salon.com"

Armchair travelers eager to learn about a remote culture without leaving the comfort (and safety!) of home are sure to find what they're looking for."—Malena Watrous, San Francisco Chronicle"

Every detail of this novel is exact and exciting....A riveting literary mystery that will hook readers with every sordid, fascinating, even heartwarming detail until the final page....A whopping good tale....Timely, exciting, urgent...not to be missed."—Barbara Dickinson, Roanoke Times"

A sensitive look at the life in the city of Jeddah. The novel has a strong sense of place-the author knows the territory....Ferraris has good feel for her two main characters and a beautiful sense of poetic timing....A reworking of a typical police procedural scene is brilliant."—Owen Hill, Los Angeles Times

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316074254
Publisher:
Little, Brown and Company
Publication date:
06/04/2013
Series:
A Katya Hijazi and Nayir Sharqi Novel Series
Pages:
363
Sales rank:
444,617
Product dimensions:
8.20(w) x 5.40(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet 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 two previous novels, Finding Nouf and City of Veils. She lives in San Francisco.

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Kingdom of Strangers: A Novel 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written, well drawn characters, and a feeling for what an intelligent Saudi woman's life is like in a religious (and oppressive, in my opinion) culture. The author was married to a Muslim man and lived in Saudi for years. She knows firsthand of what she writes! I have also read the other two books in this series, and they are equally fascinating and gripping.
Michigan-Fan More than 1 year ago
I wanted to read this one when it was out in hardcover but waited and was surprised to recently find it in paperback. What a treasure. It is so different from anything I have ever read before. I enjoy the glossary in the back which helps since I am so unfamiliar with the culture and the language. A murder mystery with a second mystery thrown in...although I haven't finished it yet I think I know "who did it," but it doesn't take away from the joy of the read...a must for those who like a mystery or want to try something different.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the third in a series of mystery novels set in Saudi Arabia (the initial book in the series being City of Veils). All three of them have been first rate mysteries. What really sets these books apart, however, are the inside views that they give of the Saudi culture. Not surprisingly, women face difficulties if they have any aspirations toward a career. But, in addition, Ferraris notes how both men and women can face difficulties adjusting to any kind of healthy interactions with each other and often have to resort to secret lives. Well worth reading.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Found this book very interesting. A lot of details on Islam and the culture of Saudi Arabia. Also, it was well written and the story itself kept me looking forward to returning to it.