The Trouble with Islam

The Trouble with Islam
A Wake-up Call for Honesty and Change

by Irshad Manji

  • Publisher : Random House Digital, Inc.
  • Release : 2003
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN : 0679312501
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This "call for reform" reads like an open letter to the Muslim world. Irshad Manji, a Toronto-based television journalist, was born to Muslim parents in South Africa. Her family eventually fled to Canada when she was two years old. Manji shares her life experiences growing up in a Western Muslim household and ask some compelling questions from her feminist-lesbian-journalist perspective. It is interesting to note that Manji has been lambasted for being too personal and not scholarly enough to have a worthwhile opinion. Yet her lack of pretense and her intimate narrative are the strengths of this book. For Muslims to dismiss her opinions as not worthy to bring to the table is not only elitist; it underscores why she feels compelled to speak out critically. Intolerance for dissent, especially women's dissent, is one of her main complaints about Islam. Clearly, her goal was not to write a scholarly critique, but rather to speak from her heartfelt concern about Islam.

The Trouble with Islam

The Trouble with Islam
A Muslim's Call for Reform in Her Faith

by Irshad Manji

  • Publisher : St. Martin's Press
  • Release : 2007-04-01
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN : 9781429906937
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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"I have to be honest with you. Islam is on very thin ice with me....Through our screaming self-pity and our conspicuous silences, we Muslims are conspiring against ourselves. We're in crisis and we're dragging the rest of the world with us. If ever there was a moment for an Islamic reformation, it's now. For the love of God, what are we doing about it?" In blunt, provocative, and deeply personal terms, Irshad Manji unearths the troubling cornerstones of mainstream Islam today: tribal insularity, deep-seated anti-Semitism, and an uncritical acceptance of the Koran as the final, and therefore superior, manifesto of God. In this open letter to Muslims and non-Muslims alike, Manji asks arresting questions. "Who is the real colonizer of Muslims - America or Arabia? Why are we all being held hostage by what's happening between the Palestinians and the Israelis? Why are we squandering the talents of women, fully half of God's creation? What's our excuse for reading the Koran literally when it's so contradictory and ambiguous? Is that a heart attack you're having? Make it fast. Because if more of us don't speak out against the imperialists within Islam, these guys will walk away with the show." Manji offers a practical vision of how the United States and its allies can help Muslims undertake a reformation that empowers women, promotes respect for religious minorities, and fosters a competition of ideas. Her vision revives Islam's lost tradition of independent thinking. This book will inspire struggling Muslims worldwide to revisit the foundations of their faith. It will also compel non-Muslims to start posing the important questions without fear of being deemed "racists." In more ways than one, The Trouble with Islam is a clarion call for a fatwa-free future.

The Trouble with Islam Today

The Trouble with Islam Today
A Muslim's Call for Reform in Her Faith

by Irshad Manji

  • Publisher : St. Martin's Griffin
  • Release : 2005-03-16
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN : 9781429945707
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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"I have to be honest with you. Islam is on very thin ice with me.... Through our screaming self-pity and our conspicuous silences, we Muslims are conspiring against ourselves. We're in crisis and we're dragging the rest of the world with us. If ever there was a moment for an Islamic reformation, it's now. For the love of God, what are we doing about it?" In this open letter, Irshad Manji unearths the troubling cornerstones of mainstream Islam today: tribal insularity, deep-seated anti-Semitism, and an uncritical acceptance of the Koran as the final, and therefore superior, manifesto of God's will. But her message is ultimately positive. She offers a practical vision of how Islam can undergo a reformation that empowers women, promotes respect for religious minorities, and fosters a competition of ideas. Her vision revives "ijtihad," Islam's lost tradition of independent thinking. In that spirit, Irshad has a refreshing challenge for both Muslims and non-Muslims: Don't silence yourselves. Ask questions---out loud. The Trouble with Islam Today is a clarion call for a fatwa-free future.

The Trouble with Islam Today

The Trouble with Islam Today
A Wake-up Call for Honesty and Change

by Irshad Manji

  • Publisher : Random House LLC
  • Release : 2005
  • Pages : 257
  • ISBN : 0679313613
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The Trouble with Islam Today is an open letter from award-winning journalist Irshad Manji to concerned citizens worldwide–Muslim or not. The book is a lively wake-up call, a demand for honesty and change in Islamic countries and the West. With guts and sincerity Manji insists that readers face some of the most important questions troubling the world today. A self-proclaimed Muslim Refusenik, Manji exposes the disturbing cornerstones of Islam as it is widely practiced: tribal insularity, deep-seated anti-Semitism and uncritical acceptance of the Koran as the final, superior manifesto of God. But the book begins with and repeatedly returns to Manji’s own experience of Islam, from a teenage debate with a madressa teacher who couldn’t explain to her why girls weren’t allowed to lead prayer, to how she discovered what’s worth salvaging about Islam, to the surprising conclusions she reached about the Arab-Jewish conflict after traveling to Israel — a part of the Middle East that few Muslims dare visit. Irshad Manji doesn’t claim to have all the answers, but in the book’s first two chapters she relates how, through her journey from childhood to adulthood, she came to ask several key questions about Islam that continue to concern her (and that few other writers have had the courage to raise): Why was her B.C. public school so open and tolerant, but her religious school bigoted and rigid? How could she reconcile her faith with the misogynist, homophobic and anti-Semitic violence committed in its name? Why are rote, literal readings of the Koran the mainstream of Islamic thought today? “When Did We Stop Thinking?” she asks in chapter three, unearthing Islam’s tradition of creativity and curiosity — a tradition that died for entirely political reasons. Then, trekking through the Middle East, that Islamic countries’ difficulties can’t easily be blamed on the usual scapegoats: Israel, she discovers, is a fiercely pluralistic society that should be an example to Muslim nations; the United States, surprisingly, is admired by many Muslims and is seen more as an unrealized hope than as lead criminal. This being the case, Manji wonders if the Muslim world is being colonized not by America, but by Arabia. Because Islam was founded in the land of Arabia, in the language of Arabia, for the people of Arabia, Muslims around the world have succumbed to “foundamentalism.” Even non-Arab Muslims — Islam’s majority — have come to imitate the seventh-century tribal rites of the Arabian Peninsula. But this narrow, intolerant and paternalistic system isn’t the only way to be a Muslim. “Ijtihad” (ij-tee-had) is the positive message of this book. Ijtihad is Islam’s lost tradition of independent thinking, which flowered in the Islamic golden age between 700 and 1200 CE. Reviving ijtihad requires Muslims and non-Muslims alike to stop spouting received wisdom, start thinking for themselves and take action. For example, Manji writes, we can revitalize the economies of the Islamic world by engaging the talents of female entrepreneurs. When offered micro-business loans, women accrue assets, become literate, read the Quran for themselves and see the options it gives women for self-respect as well as for respect for the “other.” Through this and other practical ideas, Manji shows how ordinary Muslims, with a little help from their friends, can have a future to live for rather than a past to die for. Of course, her campaign to revive ijtihad raises concerns: For Islamic countries, does becoming more humane mean becoming more Western? Can one sow reform without being a cultural colonizer? Manji addresses these questions head-on — and reminds us of a crucial fact: In the West one can ask dissenting questions about religion and society without fear of being raped, maimed or murdered by the state. Manji gives thanks for these precious freedoms and she challenges Muslims in the West to exercise them. She also invites non-Muslims to step out of “orthodox multiculturalism” and expect better of Muslims, both at home and abroad. Irshad Manji remains a Muslim, one who takes seriously the verse in the Quran that states: “Believers, conduct yourselves with justice and bear true witness before God — even if it be against yourselves, your parents or your family.” In that spirit, she ends her open letter by asking critics to tell her where her analysis has gone wrong. The result is an intense discussion on her website. Whether you agree or disagree with her argument, one thing can’t be disputed: The Trouble with Islam Today has already created a worldwide conversation where none existed before.

The Trouble with Islam Today

The Trouble with Islam Today
A Wake-up Call for Honesty and Change

by Irshad Manji

  • Publisher : Vintage Canada
  • Release : 2010-02-12
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN : 030737579X
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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In this controversial and groundbreaking book, Irshad Manji exposes the disturbing cornerstones of Islam as it is widely practiced today: tribal insularity, deep-seated anti-Semitism, and an uncritical acceptance of the Quran. But The Trouble with Islam Today ranges further than criticism, offering a practical vision of an Islamic reformation that empowers women, promotes respect for religious minorities, and fosters a competition of ideas. Manji’s vision revives “ijtihad,” Islam’s lost tradition of independent thinking. In that spirit, she issues an inspiring challenge for Muslims and non-Muslims alike: Dare to ask questions—out loud.

The Trouble with Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam

The Trouble with Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam
Another Message to the Black Man in America

by Elreta Dodds

  • Publisher : Press Toward the Mark Publications
  • Release : 1997
  • Pages : 211
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Islam and the Future of Tolerance

Islam and the Future of Tolerance
A Dialogue

by Sam Harris

  • Publisher : Harvard University Press
  • Release : 2015-10-06
  • Pages : 144
  • ISBN : 0674737067
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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In this dialogue between a famous atheist and a former radical, Sam Harris and Maajid Nawaz invite you to join an urgently needed conversation: Is Islam a religion of peace or war? Is it amenable to reform? Why do so many Muslims seem drawn to extremism? The authors demonstrate how two people with very different views can find common ground.

Heretic

Heretic
Why Islam Needs a Reformation Now

by Ayaan Hirsi Ali

  • Publisher : Knopf Canada
  • Release : 2015-03-24
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN : 0345808843
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Continuing her very personal journey from a deeply religious Islamic upbringing to a post at Harvard, the brilliant, charismatic and controversial New York Times and Globe and Mail #1 bestselling author of Infidel and Nomad makes a powerful plea for an Islamic Reformation as the only way to end the horrors of terrorism and sectarian warfare and the repression of women and minorities. Today, the world's 1.6 billion Muslims can be divided into a minority of fundamentalists, a majority of observant "daily" Muslims and a few dissidents who risk their lives by questioning their own religion. But there is only one Islam and, as Ayaan Hirsi Ali argues, there is no denying that some of its key teachings--like the subordination of women and the duty to wage holy war--are incompatible with the values of a free society. For centuries it has seemed as if Islam is immune to change. But Hirsi Ali has come to believe that a "Reformation"--a revision of Islamic doctrine aimed at reconciling the religion with modernity--is now at hand, and may even have begun. The Arab Spring may now seem like a political failure. But its challenge to traditional authority revealed a new readiness--not least by Muslim women--to think freely and to speak out. Ayaan Hirsi Ali argues that ordinary Muslims throughout the world want change. Courageously challenging the fundamentalists, she identifies 5 key amendments to Islamic doctrine that must be made in order to set Muslims free from their 7th-century chains. Interweaving her own experiences, historical analogies and powerful examples from contemporary Islamic societies and cultures, Heretic is not a call to arms, but a passionate plea for peaceful change and a new era of toleration.

Islam and the West

Islam and the West
A Rational Perspective

by Mohammed Jabar

  • Publisher : Mereo Books, mereobook, mereobooks
  • Release : 2014-11-01
  • Pages : 200
  • ISBN : 1861513003
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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ÿSince its origins in the deserts of Arabia fourteen centuries ago, Islam has grown until today it has one and a half billion followers, nearly a quarter of mankind. Today Islam is feared and distrusted by much of the Western world for its association with religious extremism and terrorism, although the vast majority of Muslims believe only in peace, love and service to Allah and assert that extremism has no place in their faith.

ALLAH, LIBERTY AND LOVE

ALLAH, LIBERTY AND LOVE
The Courage to Reconcile Faith and Freedom

by Irshad Manji

  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release : 2012-12-11
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN : 1471104516
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Irshad Manji's message of moral courage, with stories about contemporary reformers such as Martin Luther King, Jr., Gandhi, and Islam's own Gandhi, inspire and show the way to practicing faith without fear. Irshad addresses all people, Muslim and non-Muslim alike, in this universal message about the importance of independent thought and internal strength, of love, liberty, free speech, and the pursuit of happiness. Allah, Liberty, and Love is about creating choices beyond conforming or leaving the faith, which is what Manji hears from young Muslims who write to her in frustration, whose emails, letters, and conversations are included in this book. Manji writes, "I'll show struggling Muslims how to embrace a third option: reforming ourselves." And she recounts many affecting stories from young people who have contacted her for advice on how to step out of limiting views of Islam and the restrictions they put on life, love, family, and careers.

Refuting Islam

Refuting Islam
The Patriots Guide to Protecting America from Islam

by Tom Wallace, Jr.

  • Publisher : Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Release : 2015-11-18
  • Pages : 192
  • ISBN : 9781519417503
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This book is designed to equip the Christian Patriot to expose the evils of Islam. It examines the challenges, charts out a strategy, formulates the winning arguments, and is packed with damning evidence against Islam.

The Atheist Muslim

The Atheist Muslim
A Journey from Religion to Reason

by Ali A. Rizvi

  • Publisher : St. Martin's Press
  • Release : 2016-11-22
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN : 1250094453
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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In much of the Muslim world, religion is the central foundation upon which family, community, morality, and identity are built. The inextricable embedment of religion in Muslim culture has forced a new generation of non-believing Muslims to face the heavy costs of abandoning their parents’ religion: disowned by their families, marginalized from their communities, imprisoned, or even sentenced to death by their governments. Struggling to reconcile the Muslim society he was living in as a scientist and physician and the religion he was being raised in, Ali A. Rizvi eventually loses his faith. Discovering that he is not alone, he moves to North America and promises to use his new freedom of speech to represent the voices that are usually quashed before reaching the mainstream media—the Atheist Muslim. In The Atheist Muslim, we follow Rizvi as he finds himself caught between two narrative voices he cannot relate to: extreme Islam and anti-Muslim bigotry in a post-9/11 world. The Atheist Muslim recounts the journey that allows Rizvi to criticize Islam—as one should be able to criticize any set of ideas—without demonizing his entire people. Emotionally and intellectually compelling, his personal story outlines the challenges of modern Islam and the factors that could help lead it toward a substantive, progressive reformation.

Not in God's Name

Not in God's Name
Confronting Religious Violence

by Jonathan Sacks

  • Publisher : Schocken
  • Release : 2015-10-13
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN : 0805243356
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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***2015 National Jewish Book Award Winner*** In this powerful and timely book, one of the most admired and authoritative religious leaders of our time tackles the phenomenon of religious extremism and violence committed in the name of God. If religion is perceived as being part of the problem, Rabbi Sacks argues, then it must also form part of the solution. When religion becomes a zero-sum conceit—that is, my religion is the only right path to God, therefore your religion is by definition wrong—and individuals are motivated by what Rabbi Sacks calls “altruistic evil,” violence between peoples of different beliefs appears to be the only natural outcome. But through an exploration of the roots of violence and its relationship to religion, and employing groundbreaking biblical analysis and interpretation, Rabbi Sacks shows that religiously inspired violence has as its source misreadings of biblical texts at the heart of all three Abrahamic faiths. By looking anew at the book of Genesis, with its foundational stories of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, Rabbi Sacks offers a radical rereading of many of the Bible’s seminal stories of sibling rivalry: Cain and Abel, Isaac and Ishmael, Jacob and Esau, Joseph and his brothers, Rachel and Leah. “Abraham himself,” writes Rabbi Sacks, “sought to be a blessing to others regardless of their faith. That idea, ignored for many of the intervening centuries, remains the simplest definition of Abrahamic faith. It is not our task to conquer or convert the world or enforce uniformity of belief. It is our task to be a blessing to the world. The use of religion for political ends is not righteousness but idolatry . . . To invoke God to justify violence against the innocent is not an act of sanctity but of sacrilege.” Here is an eloquent call for people of goodwill from all faiths and none to stand together, confront the religious extremism that threatens to destroy us, and declare: Not in God’s Name. From the Hardcover edition.

Why Islam Is Dangerous ?

Why Islam Is Dangerous ?
A Book

by Little Jacob

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 2015-01-01
  • Pages : 329
  • ISBN : 9781495139895
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Safina

Safina
Daughter of Islam

by S. Smart

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 2012-08-01
  • Pages : 500
  • ISBN : 9780615639291
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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When the American Ambassador to Iraq announces her true identity and sparks the Arab Revolution and Reformation of Islam on a global scale, the world is turned upside down. "Safina" is the first book in a trilogy that spans three generations of thrilling intrigue and battles, and tells her story of courageous commitment to the struggle for freedom around the globe. From Safina's cruel beginning as an abused eleven year old child bride in the deserts of Iraq, to the highest society of European aristocracy and power, she joins forces with Lieutenant Colonel, Brecken Petersen, a United States Marine Special Forces combat-hardened veteran, and takes her position as the most powerful leader on the planet. She fights every inch of her way from Basra to Amsterdam, and to Paris, on to Washington DC and finally to Egypt. She establishes the UFAS, (United Federation of Arab States), and recruits member states around the world to join the UFN (United Free Nations). Safina and her fellow revolutionaries fight to liberate Islam from 1400 years of barbaric enslavement of half its population - women. The United States Government is in flux, on the verge of civil war. Europe is wounded, and pockets of serious counter insurgencies continue to be a source of concern. Safina recruits Claude Molyneau, a world banker and financier who attempts to restore the financial foundations of Europe, and the monetary solvency of the United States. Readers who relish intrigue and espionage will like this novel. Those who appreciate a sophisticated love story will be engaged with all of their emotional and erotic senses. Individuals who thrill to the perfectly choreographed hand-to-hand combat and the expert use of martial arts and sophisticated weaponry will be in their element. Science geeks will recognize state-of-the-art new technologies that will be deployed in the near future. Political junkies will revel in the behind-the-scenes machinations that propel the world to the brink of ruination. They will glimpse what is likely to occur when Iran achieves nuclear weapons and an effective delivery system to attack Israel.Safina survives multiple attempts on her life until the last page of this book when it seems that all may be lost except.............

Don't Label Me

Don't Label Me
An Incredible Conversation for Divided Times

by Irshad Manji

  • Publisher : St. Martin's Griffin
  • Release : 2020-03-24
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN : 9781250182852
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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"Don't Label Me should be labeled as genius. It's an amazing book." - Chris Rock A unique conversation about diversity, bigotry, and our common humanity, by the New York Times bestselling author, Oprah “Chutzpah” award-winner, and founder of the Moral Courage Project In these United States, discord has hit emergency levels. Civility isn't the reason to repair our caustic chasms. Diversity is. Don't Label Me shows that America's founding genius is diversity of thought. Which is why social justice activists won't win by labeling those who disagree with them. At a time when minorities are fast becoming the majority, a truly new America requires a new way to tribe out. Enter Irshad Manji and her dog, Lily. Raised to believe that dogs are evil, Manji overcame her fear of the "other" to adopt Lily. She got more than she bargained for. Defying her labels as an old, blind dog, Lily engages Manji in a taboo-busting conversation about identity, power, and politics. They're feisty. They're funny. And in working through their challenges to one another, they reveal how to open the hearts of opponents for the sake of enduring progress. Readers who crave concrete tips will be delighted. Studded with insights from epigenetics and epistemology, layered with the lessons of Bruce Lee, Ben Franklin, and Audre Lorde, punctuated with stories about Manji's own experiences as a refugee from Africa, a Muslim immigrant to the U.S., and a professor of moral courage, Don't Label Me makes diversity great again.

Tarjuman-ul- Quran

Tarjuman-ul- Quran
A Book

by B. Sheik B.Sheik Ali,Sheik Ali B.

  • Publisher : Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Release : 2017-04-29
  • Pages : 366
  • ISBN : 9781545543429
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Islam is pure monotheism unsupported by any kind of symbolism or forms of appeal to the emotions of the common man. Its two basic principles are unity of God and unity of man. It says the word of God is Quran and the work of God is nature. This book deals with the first seven verses of Quran regarded as soul and spirit, sum and substance of Quran. The main concepts elaborated here are Divinity, Creativity, Peace, Mercy, Love, Justice and Guidance. This work is from the pen of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad whom Bertrand Russell has characterized as the second wisest man on earth after Socrates. He has surveyed here the spiritual domain of all great religions of the world to bring home the sublimity of God. He calls this Surah Fateha (Introductory Chapter) of seven verses as Mother of Quran, the invaluable treasure, the key to entire knowledge and the obligatory part of Namaz (Prayer). It is the beginning and end of Quran. Its first verse, "In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful", is repeated in all the 114 Surahs. Its importance lies in the fact that it stresses right concept of God, belief in resurrection, prayer for righteous path and humble submission for mercy and benevolence. Quran says, "If you count for favours of God, never will you be able to number them." In short, this Surah confirms God is the Creator and Cherisher of the entire universe and all living beings. It prompts man not to belong to any race or nation or group but to be a part of world brotherhood. It guides man to observe laws of nature where nothing exists for itself, and everything is for everything else. Dr.B. Sheil Ali Former Vice-Chancellor of Mangalore & Goa Universities

Risking Utopia

Risking Utopia
On the Edge of a New Democracy

by Irshad Manji

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1997
  • Pages : 186
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The Quran and Science 2016

The Quran and Science 2016
A Book

by Faisal Fahim

  • Publisher : Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Release : 2016-05-15
  • Pages : 98
  • ISBN : 9781533272027
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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A RESEARCH PROJECT & A DOCUMENTARY BOOK ON SCIENCE & WORLD RELIGIONS & COMPARATIVE INTERFAITH DISCUSSIONS.THIS BOOK HAS MUCH MORE ADDED INFORMATION ON THE NEW DISCOVERIES OF SCIENTIFIC INFORMATION FOUND IN THE HOLY QURAN & THIS INFORMATION IS ARRANGED AND ORGANIZED BY AUTHOR MR.FAISAL FAHIM.

Raven Lake

Raven Lake
A Book

by Rosemary McCracken

  • Publisher : Carrick Publishing
  • Release : 2018-06-30
  • Pages : 324
  • ISBN : 9781772420968
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Book 3 of 3 in A Pat Tierney Mystery (3 Book Series) Murder, jealousy, fraud, deceit-welcome to cottage country! Financial planner Pat Tierney's dream vacation in cottage country turns into a nightmare when the body of an elderly woman is discovered in a storage locker. Pat's friend, Bruce Stohl, is the murdered woman's son, and when he is pegged by police as their prime suspect, Pat rallies to find his mother's killer. Meanwhile, a con artist has targeted cottages in the area, and vacationers are arriving, only to learn they are victims of a rental scam. When disgruntled renters show up at her door, Pat fears for her family's safety. Now she must navigate treacherous waters to protect those who are dear to her.