High society. Higher stakes.
This is the 1st episode in the first season of False Idols, an 11-episode serial from Serial Box Publishing. This episode written by Lisa Klink.
At an elegant soiree organized for her benefit—so she can meet the players in Cairo’s expensive art scene, who figure prominently in her FBI investigation—Layla feels a little out of place. She’s undercover, and convincing these people that she’s one of them is her hardest assignment yet. They’re a mystery to her: rich, entitled, well-connected…and some of them are probably working with terrorists.
Layla el-Deeb left Egypt for good eleven years ago, after a childhood spent in Cairo’s slums. Now she’s a language expert for the FBI…and she’s right back where she started, in Cairo, investigating a terrorist organization that’s funding its activities through fraudulent art sales. But this isn’t the Cairo she knew. She’s landed right in the middle of the city’s glittering elite, whose dealings in the art world may be the key to infiltrating the terrorist network. Undercover in the place she was born, trying to fit in with the city’s high rollers, Layla is a stranger in every way—even to herself.
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Patrick Lohier was born in Montreal, Canada, grew up in Philadelphia and graduated from the University of Chicago. His stories, book reviews, and essays have appeared in African American Review, the Georgia Review, Callaloo, the Globe & Mail, Boing Boing and other publications. He is an alumnus of the Caldera Artists Residency program, in Sisters, Oregon, and lives in Toronto with his wife and two kids. You can find Patrick online at www.patricklohier.com and on twitter @PatrickLohier
Diana Renn is the author of three mysteries featuring international intrigue and globetrotting teens: Tokyo Heist, Latitude Zero, and Blue Voyage, all published by Viking/Penguin. Blue Voyage was honored as a 2016 "must-read" by the Massachusetts Book Awards. Her essays and short fiction have appeared in Publisher's Weekly, The Huffington Post, Brain Child, Literary Mama, The Writer, YARN (Young Adult Review Network), and others. She has also worked as a freelance author and editor in the somewhat less mysterious world of educational publishing. Diana grew up in Seattle and now lives outside of Boston with her husband, her son, and a spooky black cat. You can find her online at www.dianarennbooks.com and on Twitter @DianaRenn