A buttoned-down numbers cruncher for an American company and a rumpled, eccentric Dubai cop must team up when they inadvertently reveal corruption coming from both quarters in Dan Fesperman's Layover in Dubai.
Fesperman, a former journalist, writes a sober, well-paced international thriller in an unusual setting; a Dubai steeped in tradition while trying to race into the future. It's a potent stew where a sex-trafficking ring, as exposed by our ill-matched protagonists, could thrive.
They end up being helped by several other interesting characters, including the Dubai cop's Bedouin friend from childhood as well as the cop's daughter, caught in a cultural web she is secretly trying to break free from.
This is my first exposure to Fesperman's writing; apparently he has written thrillers in a number of unique settings, to steady acclaim. I would definitely look for another of his novels.
I listened to this one on audiobook on loan from the New Castle-Henry County Public Library in in New Castle, Indiana.
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