FIN is an Irish journalist who arrives in Egypt to work as senior reporter on the Cairo Herald, an English language newspaper catering to the expat community.
He has glamorous visions of wearing a crumpled linen suit, secret meetings in the shadowy corners of souks and smoking hand-rolled oval cigarettes and typing out his stories on a shiny black typewriter. “Not that he owned a typewriter or even smoked cigarettes.”
It is a disappointment to discover that not only is he the senior reporter but the only reporter.
When he gets sacked, he goes to his friend Farouk in a search for comfort and support. But Farouk is abducted, and he is faced with a challenge far greater than he expected.
This is a debut novel that bursts with vitality and fun and rich descriptive passages and makes you want to find Fin for yourself, and go with him on a journey of discovery in the bars and kebab shops of Cairo.