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City of veils : a novel
Zoe Ferraris
Adult Fiction FERRARI

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Summary: Women in Saudi Arabia are expected to lead quiet lives circumscribed by Islamic law and tradition. But Katya, one of the few women in the medical examiner's office, is determined to make her work mean something. When the body of a brutally beaten woman is found on the beach in Jeddah, the city's detectives are ready to dismiss the case as another unsolvable murder-chillingly common in a city where the veils of conservative Islam keep women as anonymous in life as the victim is in death. If this is another housemaid killed by her employer, finding the culprit will be all but impossible. Only Katya is convinced that the victim can be identified and her killer found. She calls upon her friend Nayir for help, and soon discovers that the dead girl was a young filmmaker named Leila, whose controversial documentaries earned her many enemies. With only the woman's clandestine footage as a guide, Katya and Nayir must confront the dark side of Jeddah that Leila struggled to expose: an underworld of prostitution, violence, exploitation, and jealously guarded secrets. Along the way, they form an unlikely alliance with an American woman whose husband has disappeared. Their growing search takes them from the city's car-clogged streets to the deadly vastness of the desert beyond. In CITY OF VEILS, award-winning author Zo Ferraris combines a thrilling, fast-paced mystery with a rare and intimate look into women's lives in the Middle East.


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main characters Nayir al-Sharqi
Male
Palestinian
Desert guide; investigating the death of an unconventional young woman found mutilated and half-nude on a beach; searching for the missing American security contractor who had an affair with the dead woman; an outsider because of his nationality and class.
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Katya Hijazi
Female
Has a Ph.D.; works at the state medical examiner's office; investigating the death of a female filmmaker whose documentaries showed the dark side of Jeddah, prostitution, violence, and exploitation.
Lab technician



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