Felaheen: The Third Arabesk

Jon Courtenay Grimwood, Author . Bantam Spectra $12 (357p) ISBN 978-0-553-38378-2

Grimwood's third Arabesk novel, like its predecessors, Pashazade and Effendi , skillfully blends a hard-boiled whodunit with SF and alternate history. In the Arabesk universe, where the Ottoman Empire still exists, twisted political intrigues and tensions serve as a challenging backdrop to the gritty investigations of Ashraf Bey, a genetically altered sleuth who may be related to the royal family. An attempt on the emir's life by means of a venomous snake forces Bey to probe his own parentage in order to identify the motives and the conspirators behind the attack. Bey's independent and spirited young niece, Hani, has a welcome expanded role as she tries to follow her uncle's trail. The plotting may be a tad convoluted for some, but Grimwood makes his imagined world feel real, while the ambiguity of the ending leaves room for more sequels. The author supplies Bey's backstory in a way that makes this reader-friendly for newcomers. (Dec.)

Reviewed on: 10/24/2005
Release date: 12/01/2005
Genre: Fiction
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