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Nineteenth-century Istanbul thrills in this page-turner about a conspiracy to steal an ancient reliquary whose secret could change the world.The Ottoman Empire is plagued by thefts of antiquities from mosques and churches that, within days, appear for sale in Europe. Among them is a reliquary, presumed lost for four hundred years and around which an elaborate and mysterious sect has grown. In Istanbul, magistrate Kamil Pasha is under pressure to break the smuggling ring amid rising tensions between Christians and Muslims. He confronts a mysterious adversary who will stop at nothing to get the reliquary first. With the Balkans aflame and Kamil’s personal life in upheaval, the search into the old neighborhoods where Istanbul’s crime rings reside may cost Kamil not only his position but also his life. Jenny White enters this time of distrust and turmoil, re-creating the gritty underworld of a dying empire.
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Jenny White is the author of the Kamil Pasha series: The Sultan’s Sea (a finalist for the Ellis Peters Historical Crime Award), The Abyssinian Proof and The Winter Thief. She is a professor of anthropology at Boston University, specializing in Turkey.From AudioFile:
Nadia May ably carries listeners to nineteenth-century Istanbul in the second of anthropology professor Jenny White's mysteries involving Magistrate Kamil Pasha. In this one, he must solve a complex case involving the smuggling of precious religious artifacts. Woven into the plot is the story of an unusual Christian Abyssinian sect, led by a woman whom Kamil finds strangely alluring. White has cleverly produced a book that will appeal to listeners who love Dan Brown-type plots and those who want accuracy in their historical mysteries. Without using many accents, May infuses the wide range of characters--from a snobbish British official to a Turkish street urchin--with vibrant personalities, and her pacing is spot-on as she guides listeners into Istanbul's back alleys. A.C.S. © AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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