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by Headline, 14 January 2016. ISBN
The Turkish background of this
book is superb - as one has come to expect from Barbara Nadel.Inspector Ikmen and his colleague find
themselves investigating a bizarre and very troubling case, not of murder - the
victim died from a heart attack - but of cannibalism, since an autopsy showed
that his stomach contained human flesh.
major part of the action is in Istanbul though there is a memorable foray across
the Turkish-Syrian border.Interesting
characters abound and there is a helpful cast list at the beginning.The complex story weaves together the
activities of many, from a purveyor of cutting edge European gastronomy to
young Turks wanting a relaxed lifestyle who squat in an abandoned
building;from aginggenerals, opposed to religious domination to
ISIS sympathisers willing to attack all who in any way offend ISIS beliefs.
investigation of a crime has its own complications and the bubbling controversies
of Istanbulis over Islamic religious practices, political beliefs, position of
women, corruption and treatment of Syrian refugees ( to name but a few!)
enliven the background to the police activity.Further deaths do occur.Solutions to the crimes are found but all is not totally satisfactory
for the Inspector.
is a dark book in which I thought the cannibalism was possibly a metaphor for
the turmoil of ideas within Turkey.If
you want to understand Turkish problems this gives you some good insights.
Reviewer: Jennifer S. Palmer
Nadel has written 17 previous books about Inspector Ikmen, 4 in the Hancock
series and 4 in the Hakim and Arnold series.
Barbara Nadel was
born in the East End of London. She rained as an actress, and used to work in
mental health services. She now writes full time and has been a visitor to Turkey
for over twenty years. She received the Crime Writers' Association Silver
Dagger for her novel Deadly Web.
Jennifer Palmer Throughout my reading life crime
fiction has been a constant interest; I really enjoyed my 15 years as an
expatriate in the Far East, the Netherlands
& the USA
but occasionally the solace of closing my door to the outside world and sitting
reading was highly therapeutic. I now lecture to adults on historical topics
including Famous Historical Mysteries.