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But when a colleague is murdered during a night on the town, Sam soon finds himself waist-deep in a bewildering, lethal mix of mobsters, prostitutes, and crooked cops.
Offering a chancy way out is Anwar Sharaf, the unlikeliest of detectives. A former pearl diver and gold smuggler with an undignified demeanor, Sharaf is sometimes as baffled as Sam by the changes to his homeland. But he knows where the levers of power reside. And as the unlikely duo work their way toward the heart of the case, each man must confront the darkest forces threatening Dubai from within.
A stunning portrait of a world where the old and new continually collide, and Dan Fesperman’s most suspenseful novel yet.
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By Tracy Staines on 10-18-10
I read it because I was going to Dubai and I liked the sound of the overview. I found I was listening to it every spare moment. I not only enjoyed the story but learnt alot about the culure and landscape of Dubai. It really enhanced my visit. I'm looking forward to listening to some of his other books.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
By David on 04-21-11
Well crafted thriller
This is a nicely crafted thriller and the Dubai setting makes it particularly fascinating. The hero is a little slow figuring out what seems obvious to us, but he is appealing in spite of this. Though there is not a great deal of action, the plot develops steadily and carries us along without ever bogging down. I was, however, somewhat disappointed with the lack of a satisfying confrontation between the adversaries at the end.
The book is also well served by the reader. He establishes strong vocal characters, manages dialects well and is a pleasure to listen to.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By Creeda on 08-10-14
Definitely one of his best!
Would you listen to Layover in Dubai again? Why?
I have - because I enjoyed it so much the first time
What was one of the most memorable moments of Layover in Dubai?
When Sam Keller is kidnapped from the work camp
Have you listened to any of Christopher Lane’s other performances? How does this one compare?
No - but shall look out for him
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
Any additional comments?
A great story - snappily delivered. The narrator is excellent, really making the characters alive
By juliana on 11-09-13
Better than I expected after reading other reviews
I have to admit I'm pretty partial to anything Fesperman writes and having been to pretty much every place he writes about I do think he creates a good sense of place.
I felt this in particular about his take on Dubai in this book. As you listen you see the construction sites, the ostentatious spending, the battle between tradition and modernity as well as the seediness. There are Beduins, migrant construction workers and characters typical of life there.
I like the fact that the 'hero' of the story is an auditor, a more original character than using a journalist. And the main characters work for me.
It's well-told, topical and as usual a story that could sort of could happen in real life (only that it probably wouldn't).
Waiting for more Fesperman to come!