By Simon Conway

WINNER OF THE IAN FLEMING metal DAGGER AWARD 2010 FOR top mystery OF THE yr! The final time Jonah observed Nor ed-Din, he used to be mendacity face down in a pool of black water within the Khyber cross. for a few years, Jonah were below the influence that he'd killed him there.

How a ways can loyalty be stretched ahead of it reaches a restrict? hundreds of thousands of lives rely on the reply, as a twisting street of betrayal and revenge leads from the mountains of Afghanistan to the guts of London ...and a ticking bomb.

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Bakr had secured her a spot as a volunteer at a health center in an Afghan refugee camp. It wasn’t the Lion’s Den. It was once a cease at the approach. The camp used to be a squalid choice of low, dun-coloured structures accrued round a sq. of baked earth. First, she used to be brought to the camp administrator, who handled Bakr with a level of deference which recommended that he used to be a massive determine. The administrator served them tea and requested her questions on her family members and origins. She informed how her father had fought the Soviet-backed army regime in Somalia. He seemed chuffed along with her responses. They got their very own hut, with a white plastic chair and a bed resting on a pallet. ‘There’s a catch,’ he acknowledged. ‘Which is? ’ ‘We need to get married. ’ Why no longer? she suggestion. He confirmed her how. She spoke the phrases: i've got wedded you myself. She acknowledged the agreed time period of 2 years and her dowry, a basil plant in an outdated paint can. He acknowledged: I settle for. They made love at the bed and back he introduced her without difficulty to climax. He used to be long past day after today. there have been only a few antibiotics or medicinal drugs. She spent her mornings improvising dressings for the wounded and mopping the flooring. within the afternoon she labored within the workplace. sometimes the crimson Crescent despatched provides, and she’d scrupulously fee the supply notice opposed to the bill. It wasn’t quite a sanatorium, at the least now not as she understood the time period after an exile’s formative years in London. It used to be a first-aid put up. It was once equipped of tough breeze blocks with a tin roof. there have been attached rooms and every one held rows of fifteen beds. lots of the wounded have been of their thirties, although there have been a couple of who have been older – haggard, toothless outdated opponents who to her untutored eye might have been seventy or 40. there have been no ladies. around the camp, ladies have been virtually invisible. She’d see them of their burqas, flitting among huts like ghosts. the boys overlooked her. She wore a scarf, yet even the wounded grew to become their faces from her. basically the youngsters befriended her. She’d take a seat on a stone outdoors her hut, with the basil plant beside her, and the younger ladies may take a seat at her toes and train her the Pashtun phrases for issues. Bakr introduced her a gramophone that he claimed to have recovered from the ruins of a home that have been occupied by way of a Soviet normal within the Wazir Akbar Khan district of Kabul, besides a few 45s. The general’s flavor was once particularly capitalist, bourgeois even. They wound the gramophone up like a clock and danced to ‘Strangers within the evening’ and danced to it back. It made them imagine they have been in one other position, yet again. He used to be long past the following morning. all people had a gun, even the wounded, who saved their Kalashnikovs putting from the bedstead or mendacity beside them. On a number of events, she watched as packing containers of AKs have been unloaded from vehicles, and kept in a concrete bunker on the fringe of the camp. because the summer season temperature rose, the variety of males passing throughout the camp elevated. They have been as a rule Pakistanis, yet there have been others, Arabs from Egypt, Algeria and Saudi Arabia.

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