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432 pages, Hardcover
First published January 24, 2017
We pass a break in the houses and trees, and I catch a glimpse of the dark Indian Ocean. Sangui: City-state on a hill, port to the world, and a fine bloody place to do business. You do the dirty work down there in town, and the Ring is where you retreat.
Question: What is worth more than diamonds and gold? What is the most stable currency? What thing, when stolen, becomes most dangerous and precious of all?
Answer: a secret.
“People are complicated creatures, my dear. The ways they find of explaining the bad things that happen in the world are not always the right ones. Sometimes they are simply the easy ones. They are the ones that give them enough comfort to sleep at night, the ones that let them take the blame off themselves.”I had two days off of work for the inauguration and I intended to spend them both reading my way into distraction, but I ended up mostly just lying on the couch unable to focus on much of anything except Esquire’s Parks and Rec marathon. After spending Saturday marching on the National Mall, I was grateful to spend Sunday reading a book about a kickass young woman who gets to be the hero of her own story. What’s more, I was grateful to spend Sunday reading a book that highlights atrocities in a part of the world that’s often forgotten about.