One Night in Tehran, by Luana Ehrlich (Luana Ehrlich, 2014)
When CIA covert operative Titus Ray is smuggled out of Iran after a failed mission, he’s placed on medical leave in an Oklahoma university town. Titus is confident and adept in the field, but civilian life leaves him twitchy and looking over his shoulder. Especially when he’s told there’s a skilled assassin on his trail.
What he doesn’t expect is to become involved in a local murder investigation that may be linked to the assassin—or to find himself romantically interested with the detective in charge.
Titus is a new convert to Christianity, thanks to his time in hiding in the home of some Iranian Christians. He’s still trying to figure out what his faith means in an occupation where lying and deceit are necessary tools of the trade.
Readers who want to begin the Titus Ray Thrillers series at the very beginning can start with the prequel, One Step Back.
One Night in Tehran is a clean thriller with minimal gore, told in a taut first-person narrative.
In addition to the Titus Ray Thrillers series, Luana Ehrlich has also started the Mylas Grey Mystery series.
For more about the author and her books, visit luanaehrlich.com.
[Review copy from my personal library.]