Quicksand: A Nora Khalil Novel
by Carolyn Baugh
Philadelphia policewoman Nora Khalil is an interesting character. Her parents are Egyptian refugees. Her mother is dead, but her father expects Nora to live the life of an Egyptian Muslim, but Nora is more concerned with her job than her religion. One of the most important job skills she has is her ability to connect with the Arab population in Philadelphia. She can speak the language and knows the customs, therefore she has a better chance to engage with them and win their trust.
Nora Khalil is a believable character. I liked her. I think that i would like to read another book featuring her. I imagine that people like Nora will become more common in the police forces across this country, and the world. There is a large Arab community in my city. Most of them are Christians, but several cities in our area have large Muslim populations. The average US policeman can’t understand what goes on in these tightly knit communities, or even communicate with some Arab-Americans. Many don’t speak English. There can be frustrations on both sides. This book shows one way that problems can be overcome.
Quicksand brings up many ideas that are hard to think about. Most people don’t like to think about the horrors of human trafficking, especially when it involves children. It doesn’t seem possible that young girls could be sold into slavery in this day, but you hear of those things happening throughout the world. Quicksand will open your eyes.
I liked this book, and think that this series really could break new ground. Nora Khalil is an original character. She gives you a glimpse into the problems that Arab-American women have in the United States. Dr. Carolyn Baugh has a winner here.
I give Quicksand 4 Stars out of 5, and a Thumbs Up! I really can’t compare Nora Khalil to anyone else out there, so I’ll just say, “If you are ready to try something different, read Quicksand”.
I received a Digital Review Copy from the publisher.
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Officer Nora Khalil is used to navigating different terrains. As part of a joint task force set up by the Philadelphia Police Department, the FBI, and the local sheriff’s offices, she works to keep Philly’s mean streets safe from gang violence, while trying to honor the expectations of her traditional Egyptian-American family. She can hold her own against hardened murderers and rapists, and her years as a competitive runner ensure that no suspect ever escapes on foot.
Nora tries to keep her professional and personal lives separate, but when a mutilated body is discovered in a tough section of town, Nora must rely on both her police training and her cultural background to find out whether this is another gang-related killing or the grisly evidence of something even darker and more disturbing.
Series: Detective Nora Khalil
Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Forge Books (September 29, 2015)
Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
About the Author
Dr. Carolyn Baugh holds both a Master’s (2008) and a Doctorate (2011) from the University of Pennsylvania in Arabic and Islamic Studies. She is an Assistant Professor of History at Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania, where she teaches courses in Middle East and world history and also directs the Women’s Studies Program. Her graduate research focused on minor marriage in early Islamic law, while her translation work includes the Sufi treatise of the celebrated 14th century jurist and scholar Ibn Khaldun. Dr. Baugh co-directs the Erie Voices refugee oral history project geared at collecting the stories of Erie’s diverse refugee community for purposes of increasing tolerance and understanding between cultures. She is faculty advisor for Students United against Human Trafficking and the Muslim Students Association. She is a failed concert pianist, a psychotic soccer mom to two indomitable girls, and the only one in the house who feeds Oreo the Cat.
Visit her website http://www.carolynbaugh.com/