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The Gigolo Murder
     

The Gigolo Murder

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by Mehmet Murat Somer
 

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Istanbul?s most fabulously flamboyant sleuth is back in her second hilarious adventure

With its exotic Istanbul setting and racy peeks into the city?s nightlife, The Kiss Murder left readers eager for more of Mehmet Murat Somer?s charmingly original heroine. Software programmer by day and drag-queen club owner by night, our girl is back again, just

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Istanbul?s most fabulously flamboyant sleuth is back in her second hilarious adventure

With its exotic Istanbul setting and racy peeks into the city?s nightlife, The Kiss Murder left readers eager for more of Mehmet Murat Somer?s charmingly original heroine. Software programmer by day and drag-queen club owner by night, our girl is back again, just jilted and feeling so blue she?s violet?until she meets the hunky, married lawyer, Haluk Perkedem. When their conversation is interrupted by a phone call delivering news that his brother-in-law has been arrested for the murder of a notorious gigolo, she decides to put her sleuthing instincts and Thai kickboxing skills to work unraveling the crime. Filled with witty banter and ominous intrigue, mystery fans of all persuasions will find The Gigolo Murder this season?s hottest read.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Somer's second Turkish Delight mystery to be made available in the U.S. (after 2008's The Kiss Murder) explores Istanbul's gay life and an alternative culture with sharp humor that avoids any hint of campiness. The series' normally feisty heroine, a nameless transvestite nightclub owner who dresses like Audrey Hepburn but also wears men's clothes for her day job, has become too depressed to even bathe as she nurses a broken heart. Dragged to a nightclub by Ponpon, a close friend and drag queen, she falls in lust with Haluk Perkedem, a handsome but married lawyer. When Haluk's brother-in-law is arrested for a well-known gigolo's murder, she and Ponpon plunge into their own investigation, becoming the Holmes and Watson of the transvestite set. A complex web of family honor, the nouveau riche and sexual politics is tailor-made for an amateur sleuth whose double life is anything but simple. (Oct.)
Library Journal
Somer's second entry in his "Turkish Delight" series (The Kiss Murder) is a dense tale of murder in modern Istanbul. Recovering from a breakup, Somer's unnamed narrator sleuth is roused out of his depression by a crush on a handsome (and married) lawyer and the subsequent murder of the lawyer's brother-in-law. Inspired to solve the crime with a combination of impressive police connections and a network of outrageous friends and employees of various talents, our hero is a transvestite bar owner with a special talent for computers and kickboxing, a skill that comes in handy in dealing with shady types. VERDICT Somer plays it for laughs and occasionally succeeds, but at times the translation feels awkward and the joke falls flat. Mercifully, the author includes a list of characters and a glossary to help readers familiarize themselves with the Turkish names and terms. Most of the characters are transvestites, and the humor is largely based on that subculture, which may give it special appeal to gay readers. But this mystery will also attract readers who like their crime novels accompanied by madcap characters and wry humor.—Caroline Mann, Univ. of Portland Lib., OR
Kirkus Reviews
A Turkish drag queen turns sleuth to win the heart of a dreamy lawyer. Somer's discreetly anonymous narrator/hero(ine) works as a nightclub doyenne by night and computer hacker by day. Inconsolable after the shattering of his latest love affair, he's dragged to a rehabilitative night out by Ponpon, his close friend and fellow drag queen. Over dinner, our fragile protagonist falls head over heels for "superhandsome" lawyer Haluk Pekerdem, whose beautiful wife Canan is only a speed bump in his seduction plan. Haluk is abruptly called away from the table by an urgent phone call. Canan's brother Faruk has been arrested for the murder of Volkan, a taxi driver. If Faruk's innocence can be proven, Haluk's undying gratitude and divine body will doubtless follow. This means keeping at bay the demands of money-counter boss Ali, who's hatching a new and possibly illegal hacking scheme. Word on the street is that Volkan was a gigolo. We soon learn that Volkan's brother Okan is a drug addict and that, as a boy, Volkan was the lover of his uncle Ziya. This last is confirmed during an uncomfortable visit to Volkan's wake. Faruk's release by the police deals a blow to the seduction plan for Haluk, and Faruk's murder raises the stakes. Can the would-be lover identify the killer so that love can find a way?The second English translation of Somer's Turkish Delight series (The Prophet Murders, 2008) is fresh, cheeky and brimming with joie de vivre.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780143116295
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/29/2009
Series:
Turkish Delight Series
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
1,377,782
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Mehmet Murat Somer was born in Ankara in 1959. After graduating from Middle Eastern University (ODTÜ) School of Industrial Engineering, he worked for a short time as an engineer, and for an extended period as a banker. Since 1994, he has been a management consultant, conducting corporate seminars on management skills and personal development. Somer has written a number of made-to-order scenarios for feature films and television series, as well as classical music critiques for various newspapers and magazines. He currently lives in Istanbul.

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