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On the Persian Gulf island of Belaj, British air-hostesses and Egyptian belly-dancers are working overtime to relieve oversexed citizens of their frustrations and petrodollars. One of the punters is murdered: whisky-soaked publisher Farouk whose randy wife Nayla is a niece of the local despot, His Highness Shaikh Khalid bin Khalifa al-Khazi. Newcomer Cass, an East London h ...more
Paperback, 236 pages
Published January 30th 2009 by
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Oct 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Decadent western mores slap stifling medieval manners around the face and lose. Nothing could have prepared Cass and Eddy, the chief protagonists, for what was to come when they dumped their unwanted pasts at check-in and headed for the oasis. Follow them as they struggle to keep their heads above water (and on their shoulders). An (almost) bloodless coup upsets the expat apple cart of decadent days and raunchy nights, forcing the lotus eaters to hitch up their skirts and scramble for the border ...more
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Originally earmarked for the Methodist Mission Field, I soon discovered that ‘the missionary position’ didn’t suit me. A post-university career in telecommunications took me to the Middle East where I moonlighted as a journalist and socialized heavily with the ‘natives’ and with stewardesses from one of the local airlines, which came in handy when I started writing SHAIKH-DOWN.

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