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The Baklava Club: A Novel
     

The Baklava Club: A Novel

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by Jason Goodwin
 

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Join Investigator Yashim for a final exotic escapade in this rich Edgar Award–winning series

In four previous novels, Jason Goodwin's Inspector Yashim, the eunuch detective, has led us through stylish, suspenseful, and colorful mysteries in the Istanbul of the Ottoman Empire. Now, in The Baklava Club, Yashim returns for his final adventure

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Join Investigator Yashim for a final exotic escapade in this rich Edgar Award–winning series

In four previous novels, Jason Goodwin's Inspector Yashim, the eunuch detective, has led us through stylish, suspenseful, and colorful mysteries in the Istanbul of the Ottoman Empire. Now, in The Baklava Club, Yashim returns for his final adventure—and his most thrilling yet.
Three naïve Italian liberals, exiled in Istanbul, have bungled their instructions to kill a Polish prince—instead, they've kidnapped him and absconded to an unused farmhouse. Little do they realize that their revolutionary cell has been penetrated by their enemies, who are passing along false orders under the code name La Piuma, the Feather.
It falls to Yashim to unravel all this—he's convinced that the prince is alive and that the Italians have hidden him somewhere. But there are just a few problems: He has no idea who La Piuma is, and he's in no mood to put up a fight—he's fallen in love! As he draws closer to the farmhouse and to the true identity of La Piuma, what Yashim discovers leaves him shocked and in the most dangerous situation of his career.
Goodwin has an eye for detail like no other, and in The Baklava Club he conjures Istanbul in all its glorious exoticism. This is a breathtaking, extraordinary conclusion to one of the most beloved series in mystery fiction, and its ending will leave you truly astonished.

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EBOOK COMMENTARY

“When you read a historical mystery by Jason Goodwin, you take a magic carpet ride to the most exotic place on earth.” —Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review

Library Journal
04/01/2014
In the fifth installment (after An Evil Eye) of Goodwin's Edgar Award-winning "Investigator Yashim" series, Istanbul is the same: crowded, dirty, stinking, filled with foreigners and intrigue. Yashim is asked by the valide, the grandmother of the reigning sultan, to act as guide to a young Russian woman who wants the valide to intercede with the Russian tsar on her behalf. Palewski, Yashim's erstwhile friend, is befriended by a trio of young revolutionary Italians who are travelling with a Danish beauty and a Catholic priest from Rome to study documents in the patriarch's library. Palewski is pressed into service by Midhat Pasha on a matter most delicate and very secret. As each of the threads of the story come together, the pattern slowly emerges. But when the entire picture is finally revealed, will Yashim be able to extricate himself and salvage anything? VERDICT If this is indeed the final book in the series, as the author has indicated, it is a worthy conclusion. Fans of the entries will not be disappointed, and new readers who enjoy historical mysteries set in exotic locations and periods will probably go back to read each title.—Pam O'Sullivan, Coll. at Brockport Lib., SUNY
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“Take a magic-carpet ride to the most exotic place on earth.” —The New York Times

“Edgar-winner Goodwin's absorbing fifth and final novel [is] set in the waning days of Ottoman Turkey. . . Goodwin well illustrates the complex crossroads of cultures, politics, and religions that mapped 19th-century Istanbul.” —Publishers Weekly

“A worthy conclusion. Fans of the entries will not be disappointed, and new readers who enjoy historical mysteries set in exotic locations and periods will probably go back to read each title.” —Library Journal

“Elegantly written” —Kirkus

“When you read a historical mystery by Jason Goodwin, you take a magic carpet ride to the most exotic place on earth.” —Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781429949552
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date:
06/10/2014
Series:
Investigator Yashim , #5
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
98,039
File size:
1 MB

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THE man lives, or the man dies. It is a matter of the weather.

Tonight he will live: because the sea is smooth like watered silk beneath a crescent moon, the ship’s wake fanning out like a tear. The ship makes little sound: it is a still Mediterranean evening, and the timbers barely creak. A sailor in the fo’c’sle coughs; overhead a sail flaps and spanks the mast.

The man leans at the rail, looking out to sea; and the assassin stands back a little, also watching the wake of the ship as it slowly widens and ripples and disappears toward the empty horizon. He watches the incessant production of the wake, and scarcely glances at the man he has come to kill. La Piuma, “The Feather.”

It would be easy tonight, the assassin thinks. A murmured conversation at the stern rail, a quick blow to the head. Man overboard. Then the assassin might raise the alarm.

But that won’t do. The Committee wants La Piuma to simply disappear.

Better to wait for a wind. Cloud cover, more noise, the pitch and roll of the ship.

La Piuma can sleep in peace another night. He will eat another meal of fish, boiled chicken, and fruit with cheese, and drink his wine. Coffee will be served in the morning, if that’s what he wants.

Would he fight for this day’s grace? the assassin wonders, moving away along the deck. La Piuma was as good as dead as soon as the ship set sail from Bari to Istanbul. Would he be grateful to live even for one more dull, eventless day at sea?

He would, the assassin considers; yet he cannot answer why.

 

Copyright © 2014 by Jason Goodwin

Meet the Author

JASON GOODWIN is the Edgar Award–winning author of the Investigator Yashim series. The first five books—The Janissary Tree, The Snake Stone, The Bellini Card, An Evil Eye, and The Baklava Club—have been published to international acclaim, alongside Yashim Cooks Istanbul, a cookbook of Ottoman Turkish recipes inspired by the series. Goodwin studied Byzantine history at Cambridge and is the author of Lords of the Horizons: A History of the Ottoman Empire, among other award-winning nonfiction. He lives with his wife and children in England.

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