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Arabesk (Inspector Ikmen Mystery 3)


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The powerful third novel from one of crime fiction's most original talents

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Barbara Nadel is a public relations officer for the National Schizophrenia Fellowship and as such has great deal of knowledge of the mentally disordered. Born in the East End of London, she trained as an actress and regularly visits her family in Turkey.


The wife of a star of Arabesk (Arabic-style music popular with working-class Turks) is found dead and her baby missing. Inspector Suleyman finds himself entangled in a complex web of domestic crimes, personal problems, and trouble with his team. Then Inspector Ikmen, on medical leave, shows up and things really begin to happen. Verdict Often called the Donna Leon of Istanbul, Nadel (Belshazzar's Daughter, The Ottoman Cage) offers us a look inside modern Turkey, often overshadowed by the mystique of the Ottoman Empire and overrun with poverty and stifled by political and religious conflicts. A winning series that will attract Leon fans and other readers who like their crime fiction in exotic locales. Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

The Istanbul atmosphere is as thick as Turkish coffee, and the novel is crammed with fascinating information - Evening Standard'The delight of the Nadel book is the sense of being taken beneath the surface of an ancient city which most visitors see for a few days at most' - Independent'Particularly interesting for its discussion of Turkish customs and beliefs' - Sunday Telegraph

Nadel's intriguing third procedural to feature Insp. ®etin Ikmen (after 2005's The Ottoman Cage) finds Ikmen suffering from ulcers and on a restricted diet. While he is sidelined, his newly promoted subordinate, Mehmet Suleyman, takes charge of a hot-button murder inquiry. Someone has used cyanide to poison Ruya Urfa, the previously secret wife of the country's Arabesk music star, Erol Urfa. Suspicion centers on the mentally impaired son of the dead woman's neighbors, whose prints are found throughout the crime scene. News that Erol was married comes as a surprise to the public and has a curious effect on his lover, an aging movie star who's resorted to cosmetic surgery to preserve her looks. While some readers will anticipate whodunit, all will appreciate the skill with which Nadel depicts the tensions underlying contemporary Turkish society as well as her ability to make each of her characters fully human. (July) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

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