Short Books has acquired a thriller written by Justin Huggler, former foreign correspondent for The Independent, and set in Baghdad over the year after the 2003 US-led invasion.
Aurea Carpenter bought UK and Commonwealth rights, excluding Canada, in Burden of the Desert by Huggler at auction from Kerry Glencorse of Susanna Lea Associates.
The novel follows five different characters' lives as they intersect in the occupied city, weaving actual events from the time with the plot and pacing of a thriller.
Carpenter said: "This is one of those books with absorbing characters and an amazingly strong sense of place that promises 'well written page turner' from the very first gripping chapter. Justin knows this world-and it shows. He gets you right in there, offering a fascinating insider's view of what it is like trying to hold on to your sense of humanity in a war zone."
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