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Publisher Description

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.
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 this 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.

Mysteries & Thrillers
August 9
Little, Brown and Company
Hachette Digital, Inc.

Customer Reviews

Frances77 ,

City of Veils

Great read. Strongly recommended. I feel like I've spent quality time inside another culture. Didn't want to leave when the story ended. Look forward to reading more by the author.

mmwaikiki ,

City of Veils

I read Finding Nouf which was the first book in this series previously. That book provided a rich background to this story and is well worth reading.

City of Veils provides keen insight into a different culture while at the same time delving into universal struggles with human relationships


amnesia-kei ,


I only ended up reading half the book because I felt that there was too much forced dramatization of a stereotype. I felt insulted that the author assumed her readers to be ignorant of the world.

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