Tehran at Twilight

Tehran at Twilight

Book - 2014
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Returning to Tehran to help his wealthy childhood friend Sina, Reza finds that Sina has joined an Islamic militant movement in a city on the brink of revolution and learns that his long-lost mother is alive and well.
Publisher: [Brooklyn, New York] : Akashic Books, [2014]
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781617752926
Branch Call Number: ABDOH
Characteristics: 236 pages ; 21 cm

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Oct 28, 2014

The great thing about Tehran at Twilight is that it is a hard-nosed look at the Tehran underworld from the eyes of locals. The city comes alive in Abdoh's hands and he captures the machinations of all the special interests at play (and at war). As a no-frills genre read, it's pretty good. Abdoh manages to pack a lot of story into a slim book. Sadly, it doesn't have the complexity of your typical Le Carre book and lacks the lush prose that I crave, but I think that's the stoic, noir style coming through. Toward the end, the book reveals itself less as a traditional thriller and more as a prodigal-son-returns-home tour and quiet exploration of personal loyalties.

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