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Investment 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.

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  • “Credibly portraying an array of characters from drunks to religious fanatics, [David Drummond] keeps to a steady narration.”


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About the Author
Author John Lathrop

John Lathrop has been an expatriate for much of his life. Born in Michigan, as a child his family moved to Australia for three years. Following a four-year enlistment in the Air Force, he attended university in Los Angeles, then spent time in the southern Philippines in the US Peace Corps. This was followed by almost fifteen years in the Middle East, primarily Saudi Arabia. Usually involved in training operations, he worked for government ministries, military contractors, government-owned industry, and private business. He now calls Calgary, Canada, home. The expatriate life and foreign environments form the settings of Lathrop’s work. His themes and characters are contemporary. The Desert Contract is his first novel.

About the Narrator

David Drummond has made his living as an actor for over twenty-five years, appearing on stages large and small throughout the country and in Seattle, Washington, his hometown. He has narrated over thirty audiobooks, in genres ranging from current political commentary to historical nonfiction, fantasy, military, thrillers, and humor. He received an AudioFile Earphones Award for his first audiobook, Love ’Em or Lose ’Em: Getting Good People to Stay. When not narrating, he keeps busy writing plays and stories for children.