Ben Pelton has a high view of himself, blaming his misfortunes on chance or other people's malice. After he's fired from his law job he takes his family to the Middle East - but pretty soon he runs into trouble after a traffic accident and a hot night with an arms dealer and two local girls.

The Leper's Bell 2000, Penguin Books Ltd, London

ISBN-13: 9780140282290

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The Leper's Bell 1999, Viking, London

ISBN-13: 9780670885664