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In the Kingdom of Men

In the Kingdom of Men

Author(s): Kim Barnes

Location(s): Abqaiq, Saudi Arabia

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): 1960s



When Gin McPhee’s husband Mason takes a job at the Arabian American Oil Company in Saudi Arabia, it unlocks a glamorous new lifestyle far from their humble beginnings in Oklahoma. It is a life of private clubs, dinner parties, and a houseboy at their disposal: all kept within the confines of the company compound.

But as Gin tires of the cocktails and an absent husband, the illusion of freedom is shattered, leaving boredom and curiosity for life beyond the gates – a world she soon finds is one of danger and corruption. And when a young woman is discovered dead in the bay and suspicions point to Mason, the one person she can trust is nowhere to be found.

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“Drawn with skill and filled with evocative period detail … plumbs the depths of her new world with heart and courage.” (Seattle Times)

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