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Publisher's Summary

An Iranian American returns home to help a friend and finds his life in danger: “Remarkable...a smart, eloquent novel.” (Dalia Sofer, author of The Septembers of Shiraz)

The year is 2008. Reza Malek’s life is modest but manageable - he lives in a small apartment in Harlem, teaches at a local university, and is relieved to be far from the blood and turmoil of Iraq and Afghanistan, where he worked as a reporter, interpreter, and sometimes lover for a superstar journalist who has long since moved on to more remarkable men.

But after a terse phone call from his best friend in Iran, Reza reluctantly returns to Tehran. Once there, he finds far more than he bargained for: The city is on the edge of revolution; his friend is embroiled with Shia militants; and his missing mother, who was alleged to have run off before the revolution, is alive and well - while his own life is now in danger.

Against a backdrop of corrupt clerics, shady fixers, political repression, and the ever-present threat of violence, this novel offers a telling glimpse into contemporary Tehran, and spins a riveting morality tale of identity and exile, the bonds of friendship, and the limits of loyalty.

“[A] swift, hard-boiled novel.... Shadowy zealots exist everywhere, whether in conference rooms or interrogation rooms or - most often - in rooms that can serve as both.” (The New York Times Book Review)

“A gripping portrait of a nation awash in violence and crippled by corruption.” (Publishers Weekly)

“A smart political thriller.” (Laila Lalami, Pulitzer Prize-nominated author of The Moor’s Account)

“Gives readers a visceral sense of life in a country where repression is the norm.... Recommended for espionage aficionados and for readers who enjoy international settings.” (Library Journal)

“A fascinating glimpse of contemporary Iran through the familiar story of childhood friends whose paths are beginning to diverge irreversibly.” (Shelf Awareness)

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