Picture in the Sand


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$27.99  $26.03
Minotaur Books
Publish Date
6.56 X 9.49 X 1.2 inches | 1.17 pounds

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About the Author

Peter Blauner is an Edgar-winning, New York Times bestselling author of several other novels, including Slow Motion Riot and The Intruder. His books have been translated into twenty languages. Picture in the Sand is the culmination of two decades of writing and research that took him from Brooklyn to Cairo a half-dozen times. His most recent novel Sunrise Highway was published by Minotaur


Praise for Picture in the Sand

"[A] breath-taking page turning novel. . . Picture in the Sand is a fast and absorbing read that will make you yearn for a Cairo you never knew you missed." -Forbes

"Enchanting. . . a cautionary tale and a mesmerising tour of Egypt in the tumultuous 1950s." -The Economist

"A shrewd and impressively detailed novel." -Deadline
"Dazzling." -Dayton Daily News

"Picture in the Sand is the rare book that transports readers completely into a different place and time. It is not only fascinating but also heartbreaking and heartwarming." -St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"Picture in the Sand is a spy novel, a love story, and an epic celebration of cinema. . . [a] hopeful, emotional, and well-researched novel." -Ellery Queen Magazine

"Great storytelling, a coming-of-age tale with a love story at its heart.... All in all, an inspired idea skillfully executed." --Kirkus Reviews

"This is historical fiction at its absolute best--heartfelt, anchored in real events, and extremely well told." -Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Ali's story powerfully illustrates the intensity of a young man's yearning to be part of a larger cause." -Booklist

"A great historical fiction novel." -Red Carpet Crash

"[A] sweeping, enjoyable epic." -Aunt Agatha's

"Picture in the Sand is a family history, a lesson in politics, and a crime novel all in one fascinating package." -Marilyn's Mystery Reads

"Blauner's epic is a triumph, a story within a story, and a Bible story within a movie. It manages to meld a clear-eyed view of modern-day terrorism with the incredible true life history behind the making of Cecil B. DeMille's The Ten Commandments in Egypt. His characters rise from these pages not as the types they could be in lesser hands, but as individuals--flawed, irreducible, doomed by their historical time and limited consciousness--all too human. In the end, Picture in the Sand looks at the mess in front of us and behind us, and affirms, like Scheherazade, that stories can save us. --David Duchovny

"With the magic only the finest storytellers can summon, Blauner has conjured a tale where epic reality--the making of Cecil B. DeMilles The Ten Commandments--is woven into a story of adventure, suspense, mystery, love, sorrow, assassination plots, prison breaks, and deep appreciation for the movies. I found this impossible to put down. An authentic tour de force, the kind you lay aside to read again." --Stephen King

"A richly imagined, propulsive and timely novel about the intersection of Western hubris and Middle Eastern reality . . . vividly drawn." --Marisa Silver