counselor Steve Kemp—in an attempt to rebuild his finances, restore his
integrity, and steer clear of politics—returns after a decade to the
Arabian Gulf. There he reconnects by chance with his old flame Helen,
their love affair reignites, and together they stumble into a shared
crisis. Now married to an older man, a diplomat in a punishment posting
at the end of his career, Helen is torn between loyalty and desire. Kemp
is focused on financing their escape: he needs a major sale. With
Helen’s husband’s unwitting help, the perfect client appears—but time
has run out. Jihadists seeping back across the desert shake the country.
The regime cracks. And everyone looks to their own escape plans, while
Kemp chases his deal as far as he must. A gripping novel of love and
loyalties, and the place where personal integrity and politics meet, The Desert Contract is a remarkable debut. Download and start listening now!