The Torch Of Tangier

Written by Aileen G. Baron
Review by Trudi E. Jacobson

Archaeologist Lily Sampson, last seen in Jerusalem in A Fly Has a Hundred Eyes, is now in wartime Tangier. Work at the dig she has been involved with has been suspended, and she and her colleagues have time on their hands. Tangier at this time is full of subterfuge, intrigue, and competing national interests. The Germans, Spanish, English and Americans are all represented, and nationalism plays a role as well. Lily becomes involved in a dangerous undercover mission with some of her colleagues, but who is working for whom? Who can be trusted? When murders occur and Lily herself is about to be evicted from Spanish Morocco, will the entire operation collapse?

Baron describes splendidly the sights, sounds and tensions of this city caught up in World War II. The key players represent a variety of nationalities, ethnic groups, and religions, and the interplay adds greatly to the atmosphere, and even the confusion, of the tale. Thus must Lily feel, not knowing exactly what is happening all around her, and trying her best to make sense of it all, and to operate successfully within the situation.