by Cynthia Chow
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As the head of Child Trace, Inc., private investigator Moriah Dru has seen her share of cases involving fathers snatching their children to cross over the border into their home countries. The Honorable Portia Devon brings a difference case to Moriah, though, that of an American woman disappearing with the child she had with her Middle Eastern husband. Portia’s former law school classmate is Saudi Arabian prince Husam bin Sayed al-Saliba, one of his country’s most handsome eligible bachelors. This is despite his being married to the Reeve Cresley, an American who has disappeared with their daughter Shara; the prince’s Shahrazad. ‘Sammy’s story’ of defying his father and King to marry an infidel sounds sketchy to Moriah, and this doesn’t even take into account his talent at unfurling a long tale that rivals anything within his beloved Arabian Nights.
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After enlisting the aid of her computer guru, ‘Webdog,’ Moriah questions Reeve’s socially prominent parents. There’s no love lost between the Cresleys and Sammy, so when they are both murdered Moriah can’t help be suspect the prince’s involvement. As Moriah investigates Reeve’s life, she uncovers possible affairs, mysterious lovers, and NASA secrets. Sammy weaves in and out of the case with his own elaborate stories that cast him in an idealized light, while other accounts have him disregardful towards his wife and engaged to an Arabian princess. Sammy’s shallow sister both distains and embraces the American lifestyle, while the senior Cresleys may have had their own marital woes. Moriah’s husband, an Atlanta police detective, provides moments of domestic relief and serves as a stellar sounding board for Moriah’s pursuit of the elusive woman at the end of a slowly unraveling tale.
This latest mystery featuring Moriah Dru and Richard Lake succeeds in being an unpredictable and suspenseful novel that proves very timely with world events. The author never takes the simple path towards what becomes a complex issue, and she examines it through depictions of the classic enrapturing Arabian tales. The exchanges between Moriah and Richard are as instrumental to the investigation as they are revealing of the love and trust between the two detectives. Well-written and deftly plotted, this is an exciting and thrilling novel of culture clashes, politics, and how marriages can be caught in the middle.
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