Deadly Web – Barbara Nadel

Deadly Web - Barbara Nadel
Deadly Web – Barbara Nadel

Picked up in Frinton, Deadly Web reflects two of the key historical developments of the early years of the 21st century – the widespread availability of internet and the web, and the build up to the Iraq War – all the more interesting given the Istanbuli perspective.

The third theme is ceremonial magic and the line of witches and others with the sight in police Inspector Çetin İkmen’s own family.

Inspector Mehmet Suleyman’s personal life is a mess – his second wife has left him after he had to take an AIDS test having slept with a prostitute. And then he meets gypsy Gonca….

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Land of the Blind – Barbara Nadel

Still mourning the death of his sergeant, Ayşe Farsakoğlu, Inspector Çetin İkmen’s investigation the discovery of a woman’s body in the hippodrome of Constantinople leads him towards property developer Ahmet Oden, the rampant redevelopment of İstanbul’s older quarters and the Gezi park protests – with suitably Byzantine connections between them all.

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A Passion for Killing – Barbara Nadel

An early outing with İstanbuli policemen Çetin İkmen and Mehmet Süleyman.

İkmen finds his excuse to avoid pre trial paperwork ends up embroiling him in multiple affairs of the heart and passions verging on obsession, featuring Lawrence of Arabia’s batman and an Ottoman princess, carpets and present day lovers in İstanbul’s diplomatic community.

Elsewhere, a moralistic murderer called the Peeper is on a serial killing spree which requires Süleyman to collaborate with the mysterious state security services.

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Body Count – Barbara Nadel

Çetin İkmen unwillingly enters his pre-retirement year only to face months of frustration chasing a serial killer claiming victims on a monthly basis. As it becomes clear that the crimes involve both the Roma community and Ottoman aristocracy, İkmen and Süleyman slowly work their way towards identifying the killer – drawing on their relations with and in these two very different worlds.

A cracking crime novel – one of Nadel’s best, particularly if you’ve been reading your way through the series….. and a very, very unexpected twist at the end.

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