Brother Kemal (Kemal Kayankaya Series #5)

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After more than 25 years, the return of Kemal Kayankaya, "The ultimate outsider among hard-boiled private eyes" (Marilyn Stasio in The New York Times Book Review).

Jakob Arjouni's first novel—Happy Birthday, Turk!—was published when he was just eighteen. The book and its beleaguered hero, Turkish P.I. Kemal Kayankaya, instantly found an adoring audience throughout Europe, and three more bestselling Kayankaya novels quickly followed.

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Overview

After more than 25 years, the return of Kemal Kayankaya, "The ultimate outsider among hard-boiled private eyes" (Marilyn Stasio in The New York Times Book Review).

Jakob Arjouni's first novel—Happy Birthday, Turk!—was published when he was just eighteen. The book and its beleaguered hero, Turkish P.I. Kemal Kayankaya, instantly found an adoring audience throughout Europe, and three more bestselling Kayankaya novels quickly followed.

Now, more than twenty-five years later—after publishing a string of critically acclaimed literary novels—Arjouni returns to his most beloved character, Kayankaya ... who finds that while things in Frankfurt have gotten glitzier, it's still the ugliest town in all of Germany, and the city's underworld has hardly changed at all.

Valerie de Chavannes, a financier's daughter, summons Kayankaya to her villa in Frankfurt's diplomat's quarter and commissions him to find her missing sixteen-year-old daughter. She is alleged to be with an older man who is posing as an artist. To Kayankaya, it seems like a simple case: an upper class girl with a taste for adventure.

Then another seemingly posh job turns up: a major publisher needs to protect a writer who has offended Islamist groups during the Frankfurt Book Fair.

The two cases seem to be straightforward, but it goes all wrong for Kayankaya, as it almost always does. Luckily, that's when he's at his best.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
★ 09/30/2013
Spot-on and often beautiful descriptions distinguish the fifth and final Kemal Kayankaya thriller (after Kismet) from Arjouni (1964–2013), in which the Turkish-German PI tackles the Frankfurt underworld—as well as the Frankfurt book world. One day, seductive and rich Valerie de Chavannes calls Kemal to her villa with an urgent job: her 16-year-old daughter, Marieke, has gone missing, kidnapped (she believes) by an older man who claims to be a political photographer. At the suspect's apartment, Kemal finds the traumatized Marieke, ties up the girl's captor, and constructs an elaborate blackmail scheme to ensure her safety. This brash tactic will send ripples through the underworld, piquing the fury of criminal kingpin Sheik Hakim. In a separate assignment, Kemal signs up to protect Malik Rashid, a boisterous Moroccan writer in town for the Frankfurt Book Fair whose new novel has caused outrage in the Arab world. With a shoot-first-think-later ethos, Kayankaya blasts his way out of snafus with the same bravado that got him there in the first place. Although Arjouni (the nom de plume of Jakob Bothe) professed to care more about his literary fiction, fans of his crime novels will be grateful that he chose to bring back the ruthless Kayankaya for one last raucous outing before his untimely passing earlier this year. Publishing professionals will relish the author's cockeyed view of the Frankfurt Book Fair and its attendees. (Sept.)
From the Publisher
Praise for Kismet
 
“As winning a noirish gumshoe as has swooped onto the mystery scene in some time.” —Richard Lipez, The Washington Post
 
“In the emphasis on action and quck-jab dialogue, readers will notice an echo of James M. Cain and Raymond Chandler, but Arjouni’s stories also brim with the absurd humor that made The Sopranos so entertaining.” —Vikas Turakhia, The Plain Dealer (Cleveland)
 
“Jakob Arjouni’s downbeat detective Kemel Kayankaya has proved as enigmatic as Columbo, as erudite as Marlowe and occasionally, as crazed as Hammett’s Continental Op . . . Arjouni forges both a gripping caper and a haunting indictment of the madness of nationalism, illuminated by brilliant use of language: magnificent.” —The Guardian
 
“This lively, gripping book sets a high standard for the crime novel as the best of modern literature.” —The Independent 
 
“With its snappy dialogue and rumpled heroes, Arjouni’s crime fiction owes an obvious debt to American noir but it is equally reminiscent of many Eastern European satirical novels.  The plot of Kismet may recall any number of gangster romps, but the society so caustically depicted here is as recognizable as that conjured up, for instance, by Jaroslav Hasek in The Good Soldier Schweik.” —Anna Mudow, The Barnes & Noble Review
 
“Re-imagines the dull capital of the German financial industry as an urban hell where minority groups and crime bosses prey on one another with ruthless abandon.” —The Daily Beast
 
“If you like your investigators tough and sassy, Kayankaya is your guide.” —The Sunday Times (London) 
 
“This is true hardboiled detective fiction, realistic, violent and occasionally funny, with a hero who lives up to the best traditions of the genre.” —The Daily Telegraph 
 
Praise for One Man, One Murder
 
“Kemal Kayankaya is the ultimate outsider among hard-boiled private eyes.” —Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review
 
“A zippy, deliciously dirty tour of legal fleshpots and low-down scams victimizing illegal aliens . . . Plotted with verve and written with passion.” —Kirkus Reviews
 
“The book is as hard-boiled as private eye stories come.” —The Toronto Star
 
Praise for Happy Birthday, Turk!
 
“The greatest German mystery since World War II.” —Süddeutsche (Germany)
 
International Praise for Jacob Arjouni’s Kayankaya novels
 
“A worthy grandson of Marlowe and Spade.” —Der Stern (Germany)
 
“Jakob Arjouni writes the best urban thrillers since Raymond Chandler.” —Tempo (UK)
 
“A genuine storyteller who beguiles his readers without the need of tricks.” —L’Unità (Italy)
 
“Arjouni is a master of authentic background descriptions and an original story teller.” —SonntagsZeitung (Germany)
 
“Arjouni tells real-life stories, and they virtually never have a happy ending. He tells them so well, with such flexible dialogue and cleverly maintained tension, that it is impossible to put his books down.” —El País (Spain)
 
“His virtuosity, humor and feeling for tension are a ray of hope in literature on the other side of the Rhine.” —Actuel (France)
 
“Pitch-black noir.” —La Depeche (France)
From the Publisher
Praise for Kismet

"Sets a high standard for the crime novel as the best of modern literature."
—The Independent (UK)

“Kemal Kayankaya is the ultimate outsider among hard-boiled private eyes.”
—Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review

"Re-imagines the dull capital of the German financial industry as an urban hell where minority groups and crime bosses prey on one another with ruthless abandon."
The Daily Beast

"In the emphasis on action and quick-jab dialogue, readers will notice an echo of James M. Cain and Raymond Chandler, but Arjouni's stories also brim with the absurd humor that made "The Sopranos" so entertaining."
—Vikas Turakhia, The Cleveland Plain Dealer

"A gripping caper and a haunting indictment of the madness of nationalism, illuminated by brilliant use of language: magnificent.” —The Guardian (England)
 
“If you like your investigators tough and sassy, Kayankaya is your guide.”
—Sunday Times of London
 

From The Critics
"Sets a high standard for the crime novel as the best of modern literature." —The Independent (UK)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781612192758
  • Publisher: Melville House Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/24/2013
  • Series: Kemal Kayankaya Series , #5
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 705,300
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

JAKOB ARJOUNI was born in Frankfurt, Germany in 1964, the son of acclaimed German playwright Hans Gunter Michelson. He wrote numerous books, including the novels Chez Max and Magic Hoffmann, which was shortlisted for the IMPAC Award. But it is for his series of five mysteries featuring the Turkish immigrant detective Kemal Kayankaya for which he became best known. Bestsellers throughout Europe and the winner of the German Thriller Prize, they have also been turend into wildly popular movies in his home country. Arjouni died from pancreatic cancer at age forty-eight in January 2013.

ANTHEA BELL is one of the world's most acclaimed translators, best known for her translations of the French Asterix comics and a translator of Stefan Zweig and W.G. Sebald.

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