Land of the Blind (Inspector Ikmen Mystery 17)
By Barbara Nadel
Set against the Gezi Park uprising of 2013, this is the 17th crime thriller featuring Inspectors Cetin Ikmen and Mehmut Suleyman in Istanbul
A body is found in the ruined Constantinople hippodrome: a woman, clutching a piece of red stone. She's recently given birth, but there's no sign of the baby. Inspector Cetin Ikmen discovers she was a Byzantine specialist on a crusade to protect the historic but now squalid areas of Istanbul that her enemy, property developer Ahmet Oden, seeks to destroy and rebuild. As Ikmen searches for the lost child and the truth behind her death, the people of Istanbul rise up in protest against their government in Gezi Park, and the city lurches into chaos and anger. Against this background, Ikmen will unravel a tale of ancient hostility and modern desires, where the truth is concealed within the secret history of this antique city.
Trained as an actress, Barbara Nadel used to work in mental health services. Born in the East End of London, 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, and the Swedish Flintax Prize for historical crime fiction for her first Francis Hancock novel, LAST RIGHTS.
To find out more, follow Barbara on Twitter @BarbaraNadel or visit her website www.barbara-nadel.com
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01 Jan 2015
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Ever topical, with her finger on the pulse of modern Turkey, Barbara Nadel's latest Inspector Ikmen novel takes place to a backdrop of the Gezi Park protests...gripping...fast-paced — Today's Zaman
'There's no one quite like Nadel... Seamlessly weaving together so many diverse threads is the work of a master with her finger firmly on the city's pulse... Gripping' — Big Issue (Istanbul)