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The Garden of Burning Sand

by Corban Addison

The Garden of Burning Sand by Corban Addison
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  • Published in USA  May 2014
    400 pages
    Genre: Mysteries

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Zoe Fleming, an accomplished young human rights attorney, has made a life for herself in Zambia, far from her estranged father - an American business mogul with presidential aspirations - and from the devastating betrayals of her past.

When a young girl with Down syndrome is sexually assaulted in a Lusaka slum, Zoe joins Zambian police officer Joseph Kabuta in investigating the rape. Piecing together clues from the victim's past, they discover an unsettling connection between the girl - Kuyeya - and a powerful Zambian family who will stop at nothing to bury the truth.

As they are drawn deeper into the complex web of characters behind this appalling crime, Zoe and Joseph forge a bond of trust and friendship that slowly transforms into love. Opposed on all sides, they find themselves caught in a dangerous clash between the forces of justice and power. To successfully prosecute Kuyeya's attacker and build a future with Joseph, Zoe must risk her life and her heart - and confront the dark past she thought she had left behind.

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"Though certain plot points would have benefited from some restraint, the result is satisfying." - Publishers Weekly

"Addison's human rights agenda tends to overwhelm his story, but in dealing bluntly with crucial issues such as rape, AIDS, superstition, and poverty, he effectively touches the consciousness of his readers." - Booklist

"A sense of urgency will keep readers engrossed, and, despite the tragedy depicted, they will also find comforting themes connected to love and family." - Library Journal

"Addison's second novel (A Walk Across the Sun, 2013) is both an affecting tale of a tragically abused girl and a convincing plea for humanitarian support in Africa." - Kirkus

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Corban Addison is the author of the international bestselling novels, A Walk Across the Sun and The Garden of Burning Sand, which address international human rights issues within the framework of deeply researched and compelling human stories. An attorney, activist, and world traveler, he is a supporter of numerous humanitarian causes, including the abolition of modern slavery, gender-based violence, and HIV/AIDS. He lives with his wife and children in Virginia.

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