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A beautiful young man has been found dead in one of Istanbul?s poshest neighborhoods. It?s sad, perhaps tragic, but it should also be a simple case: There are signs of drug abuse, rumors of prostitution, and a local family has reported a missing son. Unfortunately, this is Istanbul, where few things are as simple as they appear, and the past has a way of intruding on the present. To unravel the riddle, Inspector Ikmen will have to grapple not only with the residue of a century-old genocide, but also with an even older legacy that stretches back to the heyday of the Ottoman Empire.
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British Praise for "Belshazzar's Daughter":
"Intriguing, exotic whodunnit set in the scruffy Turkish township of Balat...Local colour judiciously applied and ethnic differences (White Russian refugees, uxorious Turks, fraught British expats) skilfully explored...A first novel: exciting, accomplished and original."
- "Literary Review"
"Best crime fiction by a new writer was Barbara Nadel's "Belshazzar's Daughter," Set in Istanbul, with a battered, cynical and credible Turkish cop, and a great blooming baroque plot (ditto talent)."
- "Books of the Year, Independent Weekend Review"
"An unusual and very well written first novel...Although the murder mystery is intriguing, it is the characters who make this book so successful. The police team and their little feuds, the English teacher besotted with his mysterious Turkish girlfriend, and, most memorably, the chain-smoking little Inspector Ikmen, with his eight children and pregnant wife, contribute to this portrayal of an exotically different city."
- "Sunday Telegraph"
"This is an extraordinarily interesting first novel: the idea which drives its plot is an intriguing one; the Istanbul background is richly and thickly layered; the diverse cast of characters exhibits most of the psychoses known to man; while Ç etin Ikmen is a detective one hopes to see more of."
- "Evening Standard"
"This Istanbul-set-thriller combines a multi-layered description of its locale with an equally complex plot...Nadel presents a fully fledged psychological understanding worthy of the best of the genre and her plotting is satisfyingly labyrinthine. Inspector lkmen too, is a highly unusual protagonist, characterized in away that owes little to her predecessors. An evocative and idiosyncratic debut novel."
- "Good Book Guide"
"In Inspector Ikmen, Nadel has created a sympathetic sleuth. Supported by his handsome side-kick, intellectual father and plaintive wife, Ikmen should go far."
Who's Likely to Like This? Fans of Donna Leon and P.D. James This (after Belshazzar's Daughter/i) is the 2nd in the ;Inspector Ikmen; series. The most recent book in the series just won Britain's CWA Silver Dagger award for Best Crime Novel of the Year.
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