The perfect voice for a down and out in London and Iraq crime novel, with an entry quote by Orwell. Always a good sign, Orwell. Imagine a classic sting by a pretty girl and her boyfriend: girl alone at bar gets hit by her bruiser boyfriend. Retired police detective comes to the rescue, takes girl home. Girl slips him a mickey, empties his wallet, and splits.
But this is more than a crime novel; listen:
The old man blinks at him.
“You are not an Arab?
“What is your religion?”
“I don’t have one.”
“Who is your god?”
“I have no God.”
“What sort of man has no god? What does he believe in? Why does he live?”
“He lives because he is a man.”
“You are American?”
“I was born there. My mother is Iraqi.”
“I like George Clooney and Arnold Schwarzenneger.”