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Publisher's Summary

From the author of A Beautiful Crime comes a smart, atmospheric, and propulsive literary thriller set in modern-day Cairo, about a sister’s hunt to find her brother’s killers.

When Eric Castle, a weapons technician working for a major American defense contractor, is found dead under his hotel balcony, both his employer and the Egyptian authorities are quick to declare it a suicide, presumably caused by guilt over “immoral behavior” during his stay in Egypt. But his sister, Cate, uncomfortable with the large financial settlement her family has been offered, and determined to clear her brother’s name, decides to risk everything to travel to Cairo for answers. Unfortunately, her quest ends up raising more questions than she ever could have imagined. Alone except for the help of a handsome, closeted Egyptian contact named Omar—a young man desperate to start an authentic life safely outside the restrictive government’s grasp—she takes on not only the top brass of the arms company but the Egyptian military and secret police. Soon she is in over her head, and it’s not clear if either she or Omar will be able to get out alive.

Brilliantly researched, irresistibly paced, and powerfully told, THE LOST AMERICANS is an essential listen in our time of heightened geopolitical tension—and in addition to the pulse-racing story offers an insight into unforgettable characters.

©2023 Christopher Bollen (P)2023 HarperCollins Publishers

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