A Nora Khalil Novel

Book - 2015
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"Quicksand: The beginning of an engrossing new suspense series featuring Philadelphia policewoman Nora Khalil by Carolyn Baugh, acclaimed author of The View From Garden City. Officer Nora Khalil is used to navigating different terrains. As part of a joint task force set up by the Philadelphia Police Department, the FBI, and the local sheriff's offices, she works to keep Philly's mean streets safe from gang violence, while trying to honor the expectations of her traditional Egyptian-American family. She can hold her own against hardened murderers and rapists, and her years as a competitive runner ensure that no suspect ever escapes on foot. Nora tries to keep her professional and personal lives separate, but when a mutilated body is discovered in a tough section of town, Nora must rely on both her police training and her cultural background to find out whether this is another gang-related killing or the grisly evidence of something even darker and more disturbing"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Forge, 2015.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780765375605
Characteristics: 286 pages ; 22 cm


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Dec 02, 2017

Very enjoyable read, good action plot, interesting characters. Author provides useful insight for these times of a young American-born Muslim woman police officer of Egyptian heritage, navigating between the worlds of her traditional, religious upbringing and strong family ties and the modern, Western world as a professional. Reading the everyday specifics of how she is torn between the two provides me with a wider understanding and compassion for anyone in that position. The author holds a doctorate in Arabic and Islamic studies and is a professor at a university where she directs the women's studies program. I've read both her books in this series and look forward to the next.

Dec 10, 2015

I'd rate this higher, but the romantic subplot (PPD cop Nora and FBI agent Ben) got in the way of the story. Utterly unnecessary, distracting.


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