Shoreline: A Nora Khalil Novel

Carolyn Baugh. Forge, $25.99 (272p) ISBN 978-0-7653-7984-9
Baugh’s fast-paced, intricately plotted sequel to 2015’s Quicksand takes FBI special agent Nora Khalil, a Muslim of Egyptian heritage, from her native Philadelphia to a posting in Erie, Penn., where she gets to know her colleagues and neighbors and adjusts to a generally tedious routine—until the Roar on the Shore, Erie’s annual celebration of biker culture. A bank robbery and murder perpetrated by men on motorcycles kick off what is soon identified as the first wave of a much larger plan involving homegrown terrorists intent on spreading white supremacist ideology. Their rhetoric echoes contemporary headlines: make America great again, build a wall, deport all illegal immigrants. In response, an FBI agent comments, “The absurd is no longer absurd when you have weapons and followers.” Nora has a boyfriend, FBI agent Ray Calder, but those expecting much romance in this topical thriller with its resourceful, courageous, and athletic heroine may be disappointed. Agent: Loretta A. Barrett, Loretta Barrett Books. (July)
Reviewed on: 05/22/2017
Release date: 07/11/2017
Genre: Fiction
Paperback - 336 pages - 978-1-250-81292-6
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