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The Baghdad Railway Club based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
In the midst of WWI, Captain Jim Stringer accepts an undercover assignment in Baghdad soon after the British have expelled the Turks (allied with Germany) from the city. His assignment is to determine whether someone amidst the British forces might be guilty of treason. Unfortunately, upon arrival, the person who raised the charges is found murdered. Stringer is in a difficult position. He is left to act solo in that he has no idea whom he can trust and whom he cannot. That precludes his consulting by telegraph with London in that he might end up revealing his identity to the wrong party. Adding to the tension, the Arabs in the city are on the point of insurrection. If those problems are not enough, he is recruited to go on a railway excursion to the north where both Arabs and Turks threaten. The strengths of the book are the ever present sense of danger and the vivid portrayal of life in Baghdad during the British occupation (from a British point of view). The weakness is that the plot moves just a bit sluggishly. Overall, well worth reading for its portrayal of life in Baghdad for the British during the early days of their occupation.