Bantam, Mar 2005, 12.00, 374 pp.
Ashraf el-Mansur comes to the Mediterranean port city of El Iskandryia, having escaped from an American prison. His aunt, Lady Nafisa, explains to her nephew that her brother married American Sally Welham and though he divorced five days later, he is a legitimate offspring of an Emir.
Aunt Nafisa introduces Ashraf to her niece, nine year old Hani, and his future wife Zara; both hate him because the fuss made over him interferes with their respective lives. His aunt is killed. As a newcomer and the sole heir to her fortune, the police suspect Ashraf murdered his aunt. Ashraf knows he must prove his innocence.
PASHAZADE is a futuristic amateur sleuth tale built on an alternate historical foundation where Germany won World War I and the Ottoman Empire thrives in the early twenty-first century.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner