Kingdom of Strangers: A Novel (A Katya Hijazi and Nayir Sharqi Novel) (Paperback)

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shepherd stumbles on a secret grave concealed by a sand dune, 19 women have
been brutally murdered.  The Saudi police force is aghast at the
discovery, shamed by the knowledge a serial killer hunts in their country, long
thought a perversion of the west it is hard for them to face this truth. 
The women are all servants from other countries, throw away women with few
rights and little protection. The lead detective has personal issues drawing
his attention; his mistress is missing.  In Saudi Arabia it is not safe to
reveal a mistress, his inquires must be discreet but he fears for her
safety.  Ferraris’ series started strong with Finding Nouf and just keeps
getting better.   Blending a tight plot, excellent mystery, and a
respectful but sharp view of the cultural reality of Saudi Arabia, it is a
superb mystery.  Her lead characters, Katya and Nayir, are engaging, they
make you want to keep reading. 

— Deon Stonehouse


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 Zov´ Ferraris weaves a tale of psychological suspense around an elusive serial killer and the sinister forces trafficking in human lives in Saudi Arabia.

About 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.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780316074254
ISBN-10: 031607425X
Publisher: Back Bay Books
Publication Date: June 4th, 2013
Pages: 384
Language: English
Series: A Katya Hijazi and Nayir Sharqi Novel