City of Veils, Paperback Book
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The crime: one scalding afternoon, the mutilated body of a young woman, half naked beneath her burqa, is discovered on a Saudi beach; soon afterwards a Western woman's husband vanishes without trace. The place: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, the City of Veils.

A city of narrow streets and closed shutters, where nothing is what it seems;and the Empty Quarter - one of the most beautiful, yet unforgiving deserts on earth. The people: Miriam Walker, alone in an alien culture, desperate to find her missing husband.

Katya, a forensic scientist battling the prejudices of a society full of sexual, religious and moral contradictions; and Nayir, devout Muslim, desert guide, amateur sleuth - the man she loves.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780349122137

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I really liked this story set in Jeddah.It tells well from "Katya 's view,what goes on in Saudia Arabia,the women,their males that keep the women "in their place" the religous police,and the every day rules for everything to do with a Saudi woman,Add to this a murder,and Katya,who works in the medical examiner's office,and she works with a detective,together they work this murder of an American who was filming about the Saudi woman/for the local tv stations.The snigglet I give here does not even touch on the great story this is,this story has alot to offer,I so totally enjoyed it,I have to go Back,and read Nouf.