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When Jason Goodwin explored the Ottoman Empire in Lords of the Horizons, the New York Times Book Review hailed it as a work of dazzling beauty...the rare coming together of historical scholarship...with luminous writing. Now he returns to Istanbul, with a delicious mystery — The Janissary Tree.

It is 1836. Europe is modernizing, and the Ottoman Empire must follow suit. But just before the Sultan announces sweeping changes, a wave of murders threatens the fragile balance of power in his court. Who is behind them? Only one intelligence agent can be trusted to find out: Yashim Togalu, a man both brilliant and near-invisible in this world. You see, Yashim is a eunuch.

He leads us into the palace's luxurious seraglios and Istanbul's teeming streets, and leans on the wisdom of a dyspeptic Polish ambassador, a transsexual dancer, and a Creole-born queen mother. And he introduces us to the Janissaries. For 400 years, they were the empire's elite soldiers, but they grew too powerful, and ten years ago, the Sultan had them crushed. Are the Janissaries staging a brutal comeback?

The Janissary Tree is the first in a series featuring the most enchanting detective since Precious Ramotswe of The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency. Splendidly paced and illuminating, it belongs beside Caleb Carr's The Alienist and the historical thrillers of Arturo Perez-Reverte.

Review:

"As Jake Barnes would say, it's 'a rotten way to be wounded,' and who knows better than Yashim? An intelligence agent plying his wits in the final century of the Ottoman Empire, Yashim is brave, resourceful, handsome and polyglottal, and he cooks a mean kebab. All things considered, he would make any houri a fine husband if he weren't, to use his own mordant terminology, 'unencumbered by the plums... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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"[A] promising new mystery series....[T]he reader is treated to an appropriately exotic tour of a time and a place where intrigue, deceit, and corruption fueled perilous personal and political passions." Booklist

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"Goodwin has the most tantalizing material to work with...but somehow, what should have been conveyed vividly about this melange of exotica is instead a bit humdrum." Kirkus Reviews

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"The Janissary Tree...is the perfect escapist mystery..." New York Times Book Review

Review:

"Everything you could want from a novel — a cracking story, beautifully written, with a wonderful seductive and original detective in the figure of Yashim the Eunuch." Kate Mosse, author of Labyrinth

Review:

"Intelligent, elliptical and beguilingly written, The Janissary Tree is a rare pleasure." The Times (London)

Review:

"An unusual, exotic historical mystery that reads like literature and moves like a thriller." George Pelecanos, author of Drama City

Synopsis:

 
Winner of the Edgar Award for Best Novel
 
It is 1836. Europe is modernizing and the Ottoman Empire must follow suit. But just before the sultan announces sweeping changes, a wave of murders threatens the fragile balance of power in his court. Who is behind them? Only one intelligence agent can be trusted to find out: Yashim, a man both brilliant and near-invisible in this world, an investigator who can walk with ease in the great halls of the empire, in its streets, and even within its harems--because, of course, Yashim is a eunuch. His investigation points to the Janissaries, who, for four hundred years were the empire's elite soldiers. Crushed by the sultan, could they now be staging a brutal comeback? And can they be stopped without throwing Istanbul into political chaos?

 

This first book in the Investigator Yashim series is a richly entertaining tale, full of exotic history and intrigue.

About the Author

Jason Goodwin's previous books include Lords of the Horizons: A History of the Ottoman Empire and On Foot to the Golden Horn. He lives in Sussex, England, is married with four children, speaks French and German and once walked from Poland to Istanbul.

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mollnoll, August 5, 2012 (view all comments by mollnoll)
Wonderfully written first book in a series from 1800's Istanbul, featuring Investigator Yashim, detective, foodie, fan of French literature, and a eunuch. A real pleasure, with deliberate narrative and illustrative description of a culture in transition.
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huazuokuikui, November 22, 2007 (view all comments by huazuokuikui)
I am a girl from China,and I'm very interested in culture and history.I like inference and logic very much.The whole books gives me a splendid view of the history in 19th century and the culture of Turkey.That's very exciting.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780312426132
Author:
Goodwin, Jason
Publisher:
Picador USA
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Historical
Subject:
Police
Subject:
History
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Mystery
Subject:
Detective / General
Subject:
Mystery Historical
Subject:
Thrillers/Historical
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
1
Publication Date:
20070531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8.27 x 5.51 x 0.89 in

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Product details 336 pages Picador - English 9780312426132 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[A] promising new mystery series....[T]he reader is treated to an appropriately exotic tour of a time and a place where intrigue, deceit, and corruption fueled perilous personal and political passions."
"Review" by , "Goodwin has the most tantalizing material to work with...but somehow, what should have been conveyed vividly about this melange of exotica is instead a bit humdrum."
"Review" by , "The Janissary Tree...is the perfect escapist mystery..."
"Review" by , "Everything you could want from a novel — a cracking story, beautifully written, with a wonderful seductive and original detective in the figure of Yashim the Eunuch." Kate Mosse, author of Labyrinth
"Review" by , "Intelligent, elliptical and beguilingly written, The Janissary Tree is a rare pleasure."
"Review" by , "An unusual, exotic historical mystery that reads like literature and moves like a thriller." George Pelecanos, author of Drama City
"Synopsis" by ,
 
Winner of the Edgar Award for Best Novel
 
It is 1836. Europe is modernizing and the Ottoman Empire must follow suit. But just before the sultan announces sweeping changes, a wave of murders threatens the fragile balance of power in his court. Who is behind them? Only one intelligence agent can be trusted to find out: Yashim, a man both brilliant and near-invisible in this world, an investigator who can walk with ease in the great halls of the empire, in its streets, and even within its harems--because, of course, Yashim is a eunuch. His investigation points to the Janissaries, who, for four hundred years were the empire's elite soldiers. Crushed by the sultan, could they now be staging a brutal comeback? And can they be stopped without throwing Istanbul into political chaos?

 

This first book in the Investigator Yashim series is a richly entertaining tale, full of exotic history and intrigue.

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