"In this first American installment of a trilogy published in England beginning in 2001, Grimwood (reMix, 1999, etc.) wraps gritty realism in layers of suspicion and suggestion (is Isk itself fantasy?), creating an antihero as unpredictable as Tom Ripley."
The murder of an imperious North African noblewoman upsets the marriage plans of her nephew, who becomes the prime suspect.
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