The Reluctant Assassin by Alexander Logan

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Intrigue, murder and corruption in Marseille

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Tom Grace, a Brisbane surgeon, attempts to find his kidnapped lover, Kaye Reynolds, a journalist, in Afghanistan. Instead, he is abducted by an arms dealer, Ahmed Bakir, and flown to Marseille as Bakir’s prisoner. Tom had no idea Kaye was working for the Afghanistan Women’s Revolutionary Association with its leader, Minnah Muetton, a French educated Afghan. Bakir hates Minnah’s husband and has him murdered. Amadullah, devout Muslim and Minnah’s brother seeks revenge; it’s a matter of honour.

This dangerous world of drama and mystery takes you from Australia to Afghanistan to France… then the action moves to Marseille where honour and revenge, lust and love, family affection and duty bring two love affairs to very different outcomes.

Alexander Logan, author of Two Women: Two Worlds explores how religious sensitivities and sexual power play out in the context of Islam and decaying European values. Revenge and honour, the hypocrisy and the self-interest of the fanatic, rob love of its innocence.

Radio Rhema interview   -Alexander Logan’s new book ‘The Reluctant Assassin’, explores how religious sensitivities and power plays out in the context of differing faith and cultural values. Author Alexander Logan spoke to Andrew about his latest novel.


“A most compelling read! Alexander Logan has a deep understanding of Muslim attitudes and a vivid knowledge of his chosen settings, chiefly Afghanistan and southern France, particularly Marseille. But this is just background.

The action is fast, exciting and given some free time it is tempting to read the book quickly from cover to cover. The characters are eminently believable, and the relationships between those of Muslim and Christian backgrounds are explored with great perception and sympathy. Wealth and poverty, honour and shame, crime and honest living, all are part of this multi-faceted novel. This is a remarkable tale which leads one to hope for more in the future.”              -Richard Studholme

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