Zoe Ferraris’ mystery series takes you
behind the chador, but does not ridicule the way of life. Ferraris married a
Saudi Arabian man and lived for a while in Jeddah, the setting for her
series. She uses her intimate knowledge
of the setting and culture. Finding Nouf,
first in the series, blew me away!
Topping this powerhouse is a tall order.
But Ferraris succeeds with City of Veils. A
young woman is found dead on a beach, the victim of a horrible
murder. Nayir and Katya must collaborate to discover the truth. At first
the victim is thought to be a serving girl, a throwaway person. Katya’s sleuthing proves she is a young woman
from a good family. As more of the victim’s life is uncovered the suspects
multiply. The tension between Nayir and Katya as they search for the truth is
part of the story. Nayir, a devout
Muslim man, is uncomfortable interacting with Katya. There are taboos on what is permissible
between a woman and man. This story blazes, picking up speed and not letting
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“This is a book that overwhelms you. While it can be regarded as a mystery, it is also a commentary on the various cultures in Saudi Arabia today, and how everyone there -- male and female, conservative or not -- is adjusting to the contemporary world with all of it's contradictions. Zoe Ferraris does an incredible job of showing the lives of her characters with honesty and compassion.”
— Martin Sorensen, Green Apple Books, San Francisco, CA
Finding Nouf's Katya Hijazi and Nayir Sharqi return for another thrilling, fast-paced mystery that provides a rare and intimate look into women's lives in the Middle East.
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.
"A gripping, many times disturbing, story of murder and the search for justice in an ancient society at odds with a woman's fight for independence."—Kathleen Kent, Author of The Heretic's Daughter
"Zoë Ferraris delivers the Muslim The Da Vinci Code. It kept me up at night. I loved it!"—Ranya Idliby, Co-author of The Faith Club
"An intense and thoughtful thriller."—Kate Furnivall, Author of The Girl from Junchow
"Superb....Ferraris is one of the most important new voices in crime fiction."—Michael Koryta, Author of So Cold the River
"A fascinating, insightful, and remarkably balanced look inside a society unfamiliar to most readers."—Jenny White, Author of The Winter Thief
"Exhilarating. Ferraris masterfully captures the nuances of the Saudi culture and its women, while brilliantly exposing the conflict between tradition and desire."—Mahbod Seraji, Author of Rooftops of Tehran
"A marvelous book. Ferraris demonstrates the instinctive authority of both an elegant stylist and a born storyteller."—David Corbett, Author of Do They Know I'm Running?
"Taut and intelligent, set against a troubling backdrop of brutality, oppression and searing desert heat."—Anne Zouroudi, Author of The Messenger of Athens