Cyrus Salaar a German citizen, works for an
insurance company in Hamburg. His employer orders him to go to Tehran, the
country of his birth, in order to verify the authenticity of the death
certificate of a young Iranian policyholder. The insurance company suspects
In the chaos of the Islamic Revolution in 1979,
Cyrus’ father, a well-known surgeon during the Shah’s regime, arranged for his
entire family to get out of Iran while he stayed behind to provide medical care
to victims of the fighting. One terrible day, armed revolutionaries burst into
his clinic, killing him and his staff. After his murder, the new fundamentalist
government confiscated the Salaar family’s entire fortune.
Cyrus’s private interest in taking this dangerous
trip is to retrieve the family coat of arms, which had to be left behind as his
family fled Iran. He wants to give it to his mother for her 70th birthday. The
coat of arms hangs on the entrance gate to his parents’ home, an old villa that the secret
police took over after the revolution.
Soon after he arrives in Tehran, Cyrus learns
that the supposedly dead policyholder is alive and
hiding in Germany, because the Iranian authorities consider him a terrorist.
One of the most feared members of the Iranian Secret Police wants Cyrus to turn
over the suspected terrorist’s address. Cyrus refuses. He knows Iranian agents
in Germany would liquidate the young man,
which would be inhumane and would also make the insurance benefits due
Frightened but undeterred, Cyrus finishes the job for his employer and works to get his
family’s coat of arms. Fortunately, Cyrus has the help of his childhood friend
Zino, a former pilot in the Iranian air force, whose own father was the
maintenance person at the villa many years ago and thus has inside knowledge.
Under the nose of the secret police, in a three-phase plan of
breath-taking action, Cyrus, Zino, and another helper, try to remove the family
coat of arms and sneak it out of Iran; an almost impossible action.
authentic, exciting novel from the realm of the Mullahs.