A Noble Killing

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The brilliant 13th crime novel from the Donna Leon of Istanbul delves into the shocking world of honor killing
 
In Turkey, the police are called to the scene of what seems to be the honor killing of a young girl. Burned alive, she is not the first girl to suffer such an horrific death in Istanbul. Further investigations by Inspectors Cetin Ikmen and Mehmet Suleyman reveal that the girl had a secret boyfriend who has now ...

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Overview

The brilliant 13th crime novel from the Donna Leon of Istanbul delves into the shocking world of honor killing
 
In Turkey, the police are called to the scene of what seems to be the honor killing of a young girl. Burned alive, she is not the first girl to suffer such an horrific death in Istanbul. Further investigations by Inspectors Cetin Ikmen and Mehmet Suleyman reveal that the girl had a secret boyfriend who has now disappeared. He and the girl's family are prime suspects, even though forensic evidence is scant. Why does the family, in common with other families of girls immolated in the city, now appear to be broke? There are also links to an infamous local gangster. Religion, organized crime, and the lengths some people will go to in order to conform, come together in a tragic story of violence in a divided and changing society.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Nadel's sprawling 13th Inspector Ikmen mystery (after 2010's Death by Design) meanders over much of modern Istanbul and the surrounding countryside. When a beautiful 17-year-old girl, Gözde Seyhan, is burned to death in her own bedroom, the canny Istanbul police team of Insp. Çetin Ikmen and his protégé, Mehmet Süleyman, immediately suspect an "honor killing," the restoring of honor to a family by murdering the one who broke strict Islamic laws. Gözde's cellphone and its shocking images lead them to a young man who immediately flees, leading the police on a complex trail that involves the murder of a piano teacher, the search for two of his students, and the involvement of a local crime lord. The hunt lurches from one labyrinthine neighborhood to another and to family after family, all with interwoven yet hostile relationships. An intriguing sting operation brings the story back on track. (Aug.)
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"Intriguing . . . all will appreciate the skill with which Nadel depicts the tensions underlying contemporary Turkish society as well as her ability to make each of her characters fully human."  —Publishers Weekly on Arabesk

"Add Inspector Ikmen and his motley crew to the growing list of outstanding fictional cops plying their trades across all parts of Europe and Asia, which have become hotbeds of police procedural excellence."  —Booklist

Library Journal
Istanbul's Inspector Cetin Ikmen is deeply troubled by a teen girl's death that leads to even more disturbing crimes in this 13th entry (Death by Design) by a Silver Dagger Award winner.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780755371624
  • Publisher: Headline Book Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 8/1/2011
  • Series: Inspector Ikmen Mysteries
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 1,334,366
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara Nadel received the Crime Writers' Association Silver Dagger for Deadly Web. Other titles in the Inspector Ikmen mysteries series include Belshazzar's Daughter, The Ottoman Cage, and Arabesk.

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