Who killed the Ayatollah Kanuni
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***Spanish rights sold to Alianza Editorial***
A debut novel and first of a series, Qui a tué l’ayatollah Kanuni? takes us behind the scenes of political and religious Iran.
Narek Djamshid was just a child during the Islamic Revolution, when he and his father fled the country. In 2005, just a few weeks away from the Iranian presidential election and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s surprise victory, Narek returns to discover his lost roots and begin a career as a journalist. One evening, he escorts Leila Tabihi, a friend of his late mother and a celebrated “Islamic feminist” as well as a candidate for the presidency, to meet the Ayatollah Kanuni, a high-placed judge also known as the Butcher of Mashad. When they arrive at his office, they discover that he has been murdered, his lifeless body lying on the floor, and they don’t have a chance to say a word in their defense before they are arrested and sent to the infamous Evin prison.
Thanks to Leila’s connections, and in exchange for her promise to withdraw her candidacy, they are let go. Once outside, they both try to discover who killed the Ayatollah Kanuni, each following their own leads. Tracing evidence all the way back to the foundations of the Islamic republic, their investigations reveal the secret activities of a religious foundation and its connections to Iran’s oil industry. Narek will also discover the circumstances of his own mother’s death in the aftermath of the 1979 revolution.
Naïri Nahapétian : Naïri Nahapétian was born in Iran in 1970, grew up in Paris, and returned to her country as a correspondent for French newspapers. Qui a tué l’ayatollah Kanuni? is her first novel.