The Shalamar Code
The Shalamar Code
The Shalamar Code
Mary Louise Clifford
This thrilling tale of romance and intrigue offers a close-up view of Pakistani culture in a post-9/11 world.Political unrest is on the rise in Pakistan, where remnants of AlQaeda are stirring up trouble in tribal territories. It’s clearly not the best time for fifteen-year-old Mumtaz―the daughter of a famous lawyer who’s also the leader of an outlawed opposition party―to get mixed up in Karachi’s criminal underworld. But when her brother is held hostage by a drug-running thug named Moocher, she has no choice. Defying her parents and generations of cultural tradition, Mumtaz gets involved with a young man who risks everything to assist her on a dangerous mission to expose Moocher as a spy. Not until she gets caught does the bright Pakistani teenager realize she may be in over her head.

Book Details

Genre: 

  • Historical Fiction
  • Romance

Age Level: 

  • 12 and up
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This book is about Mumtaz's adventures in Pakistan's criminal underworld. Mumtaz is a girl from a wealthy family in Pakistan. Her brother likes to gamble, and he owes fifteen thousand rupees to his bridge friends. In order to make up this debt, he promises to deliver a package of cigarettes to a seedy character who calls himself Moocher. However, when there is a mix up, Mumtaz is forced to help her brother get out of a tight spot. She enlists the help of her friend, Rashid. Mumtaz and Rashid discover that there is more to the package of cigarettes then what first meets the eye.

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