- File Size: 828 KB
- Print Length: 41 pages
- Publisher: Tor Books (May 18, 2016)
- Publication Date: May 18, 2016
- Sold by: Macmillan
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01DJ0NALI
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,032 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A Dead Djinn in Cairo: A Tor.Com Original Kindle Edition
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Fatma is a liberated woman who wears a version of a British suit, a bowler hat, and carries a cane. She is apparently trained in magical arts, that became a reality about forty years before when al-Jahiz drilled down to the world of the supernatural.
Fatma is tasked with solving the murder of the eponymous Djinn. Her investigation proceeds like a cannonball, as she busts through one scene to another, picking up clues to solve a conspiracy of Lovecraftian proportions.
The writing is good, the plotting seemed to verge onto the fortuitous and contrived, there is a cliched hint of a lesbian relationship in the offing and girl-power ascendant with Hathor-worshiping priestesses and female assassins, which is fine so long as it doesn't turn preachy, but the setting is imaginative catnip.
This is Tor.com book, which means that it is supposed to showcase characters or setting from a novel that Tor wants to push. I don't see the novel, but hopefully, there will be one in the future.
I was, frankly, blown away by this short story. It left me hungry for more stories set in this world, or perhaps an expansion of the story into a full novel. Or both. I would very happily read more of the main protagonists adventures.
Although I read the story for free on the publishers website, I was impressed enough to buy a copy to keep in my electronic library, and to seek out other work by this author. So far, I've found short stories only. Highly enjoyable, but I sincerely do want to see more of this author's work, in longer formats.
Worth every penny of the 99 cents you will spend, and then some.