In the final book of Grimwood's Arabesk trilogy, Ashraf Bey goes undercover to protect the one man he never thought he would work for -- his father. With unrest spreading across North Africa, Raf finds his world spiraling even further out of control, and with the number of attempts on his father's life, he and his ward, Hani, end up caught in the crossfire.

A fantastic conclusion to an absolutely stellar series, this volume delves more deeply into Raf's origins, how they've affected his present -- and they will affect his future. The author's take on a world where North African Islamic culture is one of the major world powers is, as always, fascinating, and the collision of modern ideas and technology with Islam is one of the most interesting things about the world he's created.

Raf remains a compelling protagonist, both mysterious and utterly transparent at the same time. The fumbling steps he takes toward doing the right thing while still being true to himself -- whoever that happens to be -- makes for gripping reading. (Jan., 384 pp., $12.00)
Reviewed by: 
Natalie A. Luhrs