The strangers in Zoe Ferraris’s engrossing new murder mystery, “Kingdom of Strangers”, are the exploited and often enslaved immigrant workers of Saudi Arabia. But Ferraris depicts the Saudis themselves as equally estranged.
A Spanish crime novel is shaped by the author’s own experience in Franco’s prisons – The Catalan poet, playwright and essayist Manuel Vázquez Montalbán (1939–2003) was also a crime novelist who was acquainted with crime: political and recreational.
In Bath, England, a privileged teenage beauty, is found horribly murdered beside a canal. Detective Inspector Zoe Benedict is led, by instinct as much as evidence, to suspect a connection to the sex trade and Internet pornography.