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Paperback,  6″ x 9″
306 pages
ISBN 978-1-63381-270-3

by Spencer Stephens

Norah Saud is a modern Saudi woman with hidden skills– she’s a master of the fighting arts, a weapons expert—and sits high in her country’s royal family. Her father, a billionaire Saudi strongman, trains and raises her as his terrorist tool and sends her to detonate bombs on Washington, DC, subway trains. Catastrophe awaits. Norah has endured the life her father drew up, and she’s desperate for an out. She confronts private demons—dread inspired by the authoritarians who’ve controlled and threatened her since she was born—and wants for a world where she can be her own judge and master.

This is Norah’s story, a portrait of human nature both crooked and magical. It’s also a dark page-turner about the autocrats’ playbook, their claim of entitlement to authority, their obsession with secrecy and loyalty, their faith in violence. It’s a search for a path that goes above and beyond the state-sponsored thugs who live to intimidate. Exhilarating and poetic, Blood Lily is a reinvention of the international thriller.  


Spencer Stephens is a Maine writer who was once, for four glorious years, an English major. He had careers in journalism and law before devoting himself to writing fiction. His first novel, Church of Golf, was published in 2014.

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