Felaheen: The Third Arabesk

Felaheen: The Third Arabesk

Jon Courtenay Grimwood

Synopsis of Felaheen: The Third Arabesk

The third instalment in Jon Courtenay Grimwood's critically acclaimed Series of Ashraf Bey mysteries Detective. Diplomat. Uncle. Killer. Ashraf Bey has been many things since arriving in El Iskandryia from Seattle. One thing he hasn't been, as yet, is a son to Moncef, Emir of Tunis - the father Raf has still to meet. Of course, Raf doesn't believe the Emir is his father anyway. (Given his mother's insistence that he's the son of a Swedish hitch hiker). And now it may be too late, since the rumours that don't have Emir Moncef escaping assassination have him hovering on the edge of death. Despite refusing a plea for help from the Emir's chief of security, Raf still finds himself being drawn towards Tunis. It seems he has his own part in an unfolding political crisis that began decades earlier with US anti-globalisation riots and the Emir's refusal to ratify the 2005 UN Accord on Biotechnology.

Reviews of Felaheen: The Third Arabesk


I was left feeling not entirely sated. -- John Toon, Infinity Plus

Though compelling, 'Felaheen' does not have the novelty of 'Pashazade' or vigour of 'Effendi'... -- Jane Palmer, SFCrowsnest

What really carries this Book, and also distinguishes the Series as a whole, is character and setting -- the complicated network of personal stories that play out around and within the action of the plot (all of which echo in some way Raf's own quest for identity), and the richly-evoked world in which they are set. -- Victoria Strauss, SF Site