Synopses & Reviews
“Hysterically funny.”—Time Out Istanbul
“As refreshing as cookies and cold lemonade on a summer day. I wish there was a Turkish Almodovar to film all these novels one day.”—Perihan Magden, author of 2 Girls
The first in a new Turkish detective series. A killer is on the loose in Istanbul and killing transvestites. Our protagonist—fellow transvestite, nightclub owner, and glamour-puss extraordinaire—turns into an investigator in the search for the killer. It’s a tough case—can she end the slaughter without breaking a nail?
Mehmet Murat Somer lives in Istanbul, where he ran a business consultancy before taking up writing full time.
"Set in modern Istanbul and narrated by a nameless transvestite, this first in Somer's Hop-iki-Yaya series is a strange blend of blithe and bloody, more about atmosphere than the mystery itself. A serial killer is murdering transvestites, and the narrator, who kick-boxes for fun and owns part of a nightclub, decides to investigate when police commissioner Seluk Tanyer and his staff are unable to solve the killings. Cute dialogue and breezy descriptions undercut the seriousness of the crimes, even as the author strives to make a statement about Turkey's treatment of the transvestite community. While the resolution may be pat and the more graphic elements unsettling, the interesting narrator and exotic elements of Turkish culture will appeal to many readers. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
The first in a new series of Turkish transvestite detective novels--feisty, colorful, and irreverent.
About the Author
Mehmet Murat Somer was born in Ankara in 1959. After graduating from university, he worked for a short time as an engineer, and for an extended period as a banker. Since 1994, he has been a management consultant, conducting corporate seminars on management skills and personal development. When not working out in the hammam, he writes thrillers.