Betrayed by her father. Kidnapped by her brother. Only one chance to survive.
Omar Zagouri should have known that the hunt for an ordinary art thief in London would end up being far from ordinary. Abducted and carted across several countries until he’s locked up in the middle of Jordan’s desert, Omar becomes the target of an underground crime organization that dates back to the Crusaders era.
As Omar works to uncover the deadly secrets that connect centuries of deceit, he finds himself trying to prevent a scheduled honor killing from turning into another tragedy, while exposing the ancient crime organization for generations of lethal corruption.
AL KARAK, CITY OF JORDAN
Taheer Sayid picked up his cell phone and selected his most trustworthy contact. The phone call would take only moments, but the result would teach the entire Sayid tribe what honor meant. He shut his third-floor office window, blocking out the rising heat of the Jordanian desert’s summer morning. He and his only brother owned the bank in the Jordanian city of Al Karak, and having started it three decades before, now they were among the town’s wealthy elite.
“Yes?” Yamil answered.
“We have proof,” Taheer said into the phone.
“Four male witnesses?” Yamil asked.
Taheer sighed. Yamil was a stickler for rules. An execution couldn’t be ordered unless there were four respected male witnesses to the crime. In this case, there were actually no witnesses, but Taheer knew his daughter was guilty. He had plenty of video footage of her leaving her university apartment more than once after midnight, and he also possessed other, less legally-binding evidence. There could be only one reason for his daughter’s midnight forays. Worst-case scenario, Aamira was no longer a virgin. Or else she’d been tainted in some way by a relationship with a man other than her fiancé. Taheer was still trying to find out whom she was meeting. But now it was time to put the execution order into motion. She would be returning home for summer very soon.
Taheer would have no problem bribing four men to sign the official document. That way, if the killing were questioned by the authorities, the paperwork would already be in place. And once the paperwork was submitted to the judge, another bribe would be offered to bypass a trial.
“Yes, the witnesses are ready to sign,” Taheer told Yamil. “When can you complete the task?”
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