Tehran at Twilight

Tehran at Twilight

Book - 2014
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2008. Reza Malek lives in Harlem, relieved to be far from the turmoil of Iraq and Afghanistan where he worked as a reporter and sometime lover for a superstar journalist who has long since moved on. After a terse phone call from his childhood friend, Sina Vafa, Reza returns to Tehran. Once there, he finds more than he bargained for: the city on the edge of revolution; his friend embroiled with murderous Shiite militants. His missing mother, who was alleged to have run off before the revolution, is alive and well; while his own life is in danger.
Publisher: Brooklyn, NY :, Akashic Books,, c2014
ISBN: 9781617752926
Branch Call Number: FIC Abdo
Characteristics: 236 p

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Oct 28, 2014

The great thing about Tehran at Twilight is that it is a hard-nosed look at the Tehran underworld from the eyes of locals. The city comes alive in Abdoh's hands and he captures the machinations of all the special interests at play (and at war). As a no-frills genre read, it's pretty good. Abdoh manages to pack a lot of story into a slim book. Sadly, it doesn't have the complexity of your typical Le Carre book and lacks the lush prose that I crave, but I think that's the stoic, noir style coming through. Toward the end, the book reveals itself less as a traditional thriller and more as a prodigal-son-returns-home tour and quiet exploration of personal loyalties.

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