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On a beach in Virginia, a dead body is discovered by a man taking his daily swim – Arman Bajalan, formerly an interpreter in Iraq. After surviving an assassination attempt that killed his wife and child, Arman has been given lonely sanctuary in the US. Now he knows he’s still not safe.
Seasoned detective Catherine Wheel and her partner have little to go on beyond a bus ticket in the man’s pocket. It leads them to Sally Ewell, a local journalist as grief-stricken as Arman by the Iraq war, who is investigating a nefarious corporation: one on the cusp of landing a multi-billion-dollar government defense contract.
As victims mount around Arman, taking the team down wrong turns and towards startling evidence, they find themselves in a race, committed to unraveling the truth and keeping Arman alive — even if it costs them everything.
“A stunning novel…One is reminded of Graham Greene’s or Robert Stone’s work, only set in the 21st century.”
—The New York Times
“A deeply compelling story … brilliantly nuanced.”
—The Washington Post
“Expertly told … thrilling.”
—The Los Angeles Times
“Masterful in its structure and pacing; a great read.”
—Kirkus starred review