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.
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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"[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."
by Kirkus Reviews,
"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."
by New York Times Book Review,
"The Janissary Tree...is the perfect escapist mystery..."
"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
by The Times (London),
"Intelligent, elliptical and beguilingly written, The Janissary Tree is a rare pleasure."
"An unusual, exotic historical mystery that reads like literature and moves like a thriller." George Pelecanos, author of Drama City
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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