Meanwhile, most Laashekoh villagers do not want Western charity and are astounded to be regarded as potential recipients; they are self-sufficient and see no need for outside intervention in village concerns. But when a group of orphanage workers visiting the village goes missing, foul play is immediately suspected and the villagers face tough questions.
As Afghans and Westerners work to uncover the truth, the reputations of charity workers, potential beneficiaries, and locals in Laashekoh are called into question. The stakes are high, the sums of money are huge, and cultures clash. All these are motivations for fraud and murder in Allure of Deceit."
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2014-12-15
- Reviewer: Staff
Froetschel (Fear of Beauty) highlights the problems of charity in this subtle, thought-provoking mystery. After tech entrepreneur Michael Sendry and his bride perish in a terrorist attack in India, his will provides for the establishment of a foundation, GlobalConnect, which will operate in 30 developing nations and distribute more than $400 million annually to various charitable organizations. A health team supporting reproductive rights goes to Laashekoh, a farming village in Afghanistan, where the town leader, Parsaa, has enough problems without ladies from “Tex-is” dropping out of the sky and telling him what to do. In particular, Parsaa has to determine the fate of Leila, a young woman accused of pushing his oldest son, Ali, off a cliff and whose innocent sisters are now treated like pariahs. The truth behind Ali’s death proves far from simple in a novel that raises uncomfortable questions about Western efforts to assist people in the developing world. Agent: Alison Picard, Alison J. Picard Literary. (Feb.)