Happy Birthday, Turk! (Kemal Kayankaya Series #1)

Happy Birthday, Turk! (Kemal Kayankaya Series #1)

by Jakob Arjouni, Anslem Hollo
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Happy Birthday, Turk! (Kemal Kayankaya Series #1) by Jakob Arjouni

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

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When a Turkish laborer is stabbed to death in Frankfurt's red light district, the local polcie see no need to work overtime. But when the laborer's wife comes to him for help, wise-cracking detective Kemal Kayankaya, a Turkish immigrant himself, smells a rat. The dead man wasn't the kind of guy who spent time with prostitutes. What gives? The deeper he digs, the more Kayankaya finds that the vitim was a good guy, a poor immigrant just trying to look out for his family. So who wanted him dead, and why? On the way to find out, Kayankaya has run-ins with prostitutes and drug addicts, gets beaten up by anonymous thugs, survives a gas attack, and suffers several close encounters with a Fiat.

And then there's the police cover-up he stumbles upon ...


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781612191003
Publisher: Melville House Publishing
Publication date: 07/12/2011
Series: Kemal Kayankaya Series , #1
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 733,017
File size: 2 MB

About 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.

ANSELM HOLLO is the author of more than thirty books, most recently the essay collection Caws & Causeries and Notes on the Possibilities and Attractions of Existence: New and Selected Poems 1965-2000, which received the San Francisco Poetry Center's Book Award for 2001. His translation of Pentii Saarikoski's Trilogy received the 2004 Harold Morton Landon Translation Award from the Academy of American Poets.


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Happy Birthday, Turk (Kemal Kayankaya Series #1) 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. But liked Kismet(his second book) better. This was a little to hard boiled for me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This would be the hard-boiled-detective novel. It doesn't appeal to me, apart from some humor and some matter-of-fact ethnic commentary. It might work for readers who are male and Republican (in the American sense) but not racist.