Series: Nora Khalil #1
on September 29, 2015
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The beginning of an engrossing new suspense series featuring Philadelphia policewoman Nora Khalil
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.
Katie: This book is the first installment in a series of stand-alone books about a bright female detective. Nora Khalil is an Egyptian-American Muslim that has just been moved from the PPD to the Safe Streets Task Force. While she is adjusting to her new co-workers and workplace she is also trying to find a killer before the next victim turns up.
As soon as I picked up this book, I fell in love with Nora Khalil. She is so smart and driven. Yet even though she deals with such grueling cases, she still holds an innocence about her that is so refreshing. I really enjoyed diving into all the Middle Eastern culture and learning even more about it.
Throughout the story, Nora is struggling with the demons on the streets while also trying to make sense of newfound family secrets. On top of that, she deals with racism from the people she meets on the streets and even some that she works with. I was really able to see Nora grow and earn a bit more independence and I loved the way her character developed.
I really did love this novel and I hope to read many more Nora Khalil novels in the future. I give this book 5 stars.