Romance/suspense novel about living in Tehran, Iran @ 1971. Based on my experiences in the Army serving under the Shah's repressive regime.
Heavily researched, it portrays the positive experiences living in an Islamic culture, and the constant threat SAVAK, Iran's dreaded secret police.
Plot: Shortly after I arrive in Iran I meet a woman named Fari, who quickly becomes my girl friend. Her family is a victim of the Shah's secret police, SAVAK. Her father, Hossein Khazaneh, is a well known lawyer who represents political figures. He fled the country hastily when SAVAK tried to kill him. Why? He discovers SAVAK is using manufactured evidence against his client, Bijan Jazani -- a historical pre-revolutionary figure in (the Shah's) Iran.
There are many parallels in the book with what is currently happening not only in Iran but throughout the Arab world, most notably Egypt.
The story quickly develops into a search for Fari's father, whose fate is unknown. The first clue we get that he is alive is a mysterious postcard. Most of the story is our efforts to get Fari and her mother out of Iran, but SAVAK blocks our attempts, monitors phone calls and blocks their mail.