At Shutter Speed

At Shutter Speed

$15.99eBook: $4.99
Publisher: Cranesbill Press
Publication Year: 2018
Format: Paperback, eBook
Length: 353 pp
ISBN: 9781732082809

At Shutter Speed

A newly minted human rights attorney undergoes a trial by fire when her husband, a respected but troubled war photojournalist, disappears during a crackdown in Cairo.

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In the click of a shutter, #Resistance becomes more than just a hashtag.

Pass the bar exam. Convince someone—anyone—in the Egyptian government to admit they’ve imprisoned your husband. Don’t lose your mind. For fledgling human rights attorney Leah Cahill, the past six months have been a trial by fire, ever since Matty, a respected but troubled war photojournalist, disappeared during a crackdown in Cairo.

As the daughter of a civil rights icon, Leah grew up wanting to change the world; Matty showed her she could. Though frustrated by the US government’s new fondness for dictators, she persists, until a leaked email reveals a crumbling democracy far closer to home.

Risking her own freedom, she gains proof that Matty is being detained at a U.S. ‘black site’, stemming from his work covering the refugee crisis in Syria. Armed with his photo archives, she plunges into their past together, a love story spanning three continents. She uncovers secrets involving Matty’s missionary childhood, her own refugee work, and the only story the deeply principled reporter ever agreed to bury. It’s what got him captured—and what might still get him killed. With Leah’s last chance to save him slipping away, Matty’s biggest secret may be one he’s willing to die to protect.

“Rebecca Burrell stunningly and sensitively reconstructs a marriage that transcends distance in the face of difficulty. AT SHUTTER SPEED is a beautifully wrought tale that is at once political and personal, heartbreaking and affectionate, global and very near to home.”
“In AT SHUTTER SPEED, Burrell has crafted a smart tale that could be ripped from today’s headlines. Set against an international background, the richly detailed characters have a psychological depth that makes their struggles — both against outside forces and internal demons — realistic and compelling. A journalist who knows too much. A wife who fears he’s dead. A government conspiring against them. As the story unwinds, it asks us to grapple with the high toll war takes, not only for those on the front lines but also on those who are compelled to document it. Readers will find this a complex, gripping story.”
Rebecca Burrell plunges us into a tangled web of politics, revenge and desperate courage that stretches from Washington, D.C. to Cairo, Chad, Syria, and Kurdistan, in which senators ally with war lords and a photo journalist’s search for truth and family lands him in a deep state’s “black site.” Yet at heart AT SHUTTER SPEED is a love story, an odyssey of return, a triumph of loyalty and devotion over lies.
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