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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,085 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Laurie R. King Narrator: Jenny Sterlin, Robert Ian MacKenzie Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Mary Russell Mysteries Release Date:
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In a strange room in Morocco, Mary Russell has awakened with shadows in her mind, blood on her hands, and soldiers pounding on the door. Out in the hivelike streets, she discovers herself strangely adept in the skills of the underworld, escaping through alleys and rooftops, picking pockets and locks. She is clothed like a man, and armed only with her wits and a scrap of paper containing a mysterious Arabic phrase. Overhead, warplanes pass ominously north.

Meanwhile, Holmes is pulled by two old friends and a distant relation into the growing war between France, Spain, and the Rif Revolt led by Emir Abd el-Krim—who may be a Robin Hood or a power mad tribesman. The shadows of war are drawing over the ancient city of Fez, and Holmes badly wants the wisdom and courage of his wife, whom he’s learned, to his horror, has gone missing. As Holmes searches for her, and Russell searches for herself, each tries to crack deadly parallel puzzles before it’s too late for them, for Africa, and for the peace of Europe.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “King’s vivid prose and attention to detail draw us into Mary’s predicament…King has done her homework, and this tantalizing glimpse into the life and times of a rapidly evolving Arabic society has remarkable resonance for our own uncertain times.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Jenny Sterlin performs Russell’s parts of the story with as dazzling an array of skills as Russell’s. French men, English women, threatening Berbers, some with lisps, manifest apparently effortlessly. Robert Ian Mackenzie, who gives us Sherlock’s parts, is an equally gifted chameleon. The story, a fragrant stew of Moroccan atmosphere and politics, European intrigue, and the odd bit of treason, satisfies heartily.”


  • “King fashions a deeply political and emotional narrative…No detail is merely atmospheric, but rather we taste and feel and touch what Russell does with sensuous clarity…The language is incredibly rich but always precise, the history of this time in Morocco woven with a contemporary eye on the wheels within wheels.”

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  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • Los Angeles Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ray Palen | 2/20/2014

    " Read my review next week on bookreporter.com "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by MJ | 2/13/2014

    " Lot of talk, not much action. Just Okay. For readers of this series only. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lisa C | 2/9/2014

    " One of my favorite things about Laurie R. King is how much she makes me want to be a scholar. Although shorter than most other books in the series, this one drew me in quickly, forcing me to set aside every thing else that I was listening to so I could continue with this. Unfortunately, I now face an entire day off without a great book to help me clean house. Like much of her work in this series, this story is an edifying look at the Middle East, in this case, just on the brink of WWII. It is fast paced, and gives Mary the opportunity to be a clear hero -- using her brain and unique (and somewhat shady) skills to get herself and others out of scrapes before there is a chance to rescue her. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Katy | 2/8/2014

    " In my defense, I was taking quite a bit of cold medicine at the time, but when I took a nap partway through reading this book, I woke up definitely convinced that I, like Russell, had amnesia. It's one of my favorite things when a writer can get into my head that way and make me really feel like I am part of the book in a real and in this case dangerous way! Beautiful establishment of setting, some great twists I didn't expect, another excellent installment of the series. "

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