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A solid start to a new mystery series featuring Nora Khalil, a Philadelphia police officer assigned to work with the FBI's Safe Streets Task Force. Khalil brings many skills to

the table, including her background as a track star and her knowledge of Arabic languages and Islamic culture. She brings all of these into play when the task force starts investigating several murders that look to be linked to gangs, and lead to more crimes involving human trafficking and sex slavery. Action packed, with vivid descriptions of Philly neighborhoods, Nora's personal life is also complicated by her very traditional Egyptian father, her obligations to take care of her brother, and the pull between independence and cultural norms. An interesting new character on the mystery scene.