Shadows the Sizes of Cities, written by Gregory Beaubien, is a thriller that takes readers through Spain, Morocco, Amsterdam, and Chicago. Evoking the spirit of a Paul Bowles this novel tells the story of Will Clark, American Reporter from Chicago. Clark gets mixed up in a drug crime with a group of friends he met before crossing the Strait of Gibraltar to Morocco’s port city Tangier.
Shadows the Sizes of Cities is a good read for travelers preparing for a trip to Morocco.
Misadventure, exotic neighborhoods, running from the police and suspense are what readers can anticipate from the literary noir. The detective story has themes that touch on alienation, class divisions, complex father-son relationships, and moral ambiguity; readers say that Clark is a likable murderer. In an interview with Crime Fiction Lover, Beaubien explains “I like music in the writing. Bland writing isn’t interesting to me. It’s like rock ‘n’ roll: I want it to rock out and touch primal nerves.”
Shadows the Sizes of Cities is a good read for travelers preparing for a trip to Morocco. Beaubien is a well-traveled journalist who poignantly captures traveling from Marrakech to the Sahara desert while offering an authentic glimpse into Morocco’s culture. Beaubien has reported for the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, and Travel + Leisure.