The Blue Hour

The Blue Hour

A Novel

Book - 2016
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From the #1 internationally bestselling author of The Moment and Five Days comes "the best book about Morocco since The Sheltering Sky. Completely absorbing and atmospheric" (Philip Kerr).

Robin knew Paul wasn't perfect. But he said they were so lucky to have found each other, and she believed it was true.

She is a meticulous accountant, almost forty. He is an artist and university professor, twenty years older. When Paul suggests a month in Morocco, where he once lived and worked, a place where the modern meets the medieval, Robin reluctantly agrees.

Once immersed into the swirling, white hot exotica of a walled city on the North African Atlantic coast, Robin finds herself acclimatizing to its wonderful strangeness. Paul is everything she wants him to be--passionate, talented, knowledgeable. She is convinced that it is here she will finally become pregnant.

But then Paul suddenly disappears, and Robin finds herself the prime suspect in the police inquiry. As her understanding of the truth starts to unravel, Robin lurches from the crumbling art deco of Casablanca to the daunting Sahara, caught in an increasingly terrifying spiral from which there is no easy escape.

With his acclaimed ability to write thought-provoking page-turners, Douglas Kennedy takes readers into a world where only Patricia Highsmith has ever dared. The Blue Hour is a roller-coaster journey into a heart of darkness that asks the question: What would you do if your life depended on it?
Publisher: New York :, Atria Books,, 2016
Edition: First Atria Books hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781451666373
Branch Call Number: F KEN
Characteristics: 356 pages ; 24 cm

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harrissusanc
May 09, 2016

Led to the depths of the desert to search for her artist husband after he disappears from their vacation in Morocco, Robin gets no easy pass from the brutality and corruption of the country, and finds herself "most wanted" by the authorities. The mix of twisting plot, tavelogue and shifting realities amazed me before I heard the author talk here.

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santiano9
May 03, 2016

I was expecting something close to Sheltering Sky and was very disappointed.

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