Poised perilously between the warring nations, the Gulf island sultanate of Jezira is a troubled land. Sunnis and Shias are at each other’s throats, and Ayatollah Khomeini is just itching to bring it home to God. Paul Morden is sorry he ever heard of the place.
In London he might have been depressed, unemployed, penniless and alone; but at least he had been safe. From the moment he arrives in Jezira to begin a teaching job, danger is everywhere.
Paul believes that the authorities have something to hide about the Rakab Ripper, a psychopathic killer who is terrorising Western women in Jezira's capital. When he begins asking questions, he attracts the interest of some of the most professional hit men in the world. His life will end the moment they consider him more dangerous alive than dead.