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Forfeit (Ikmen Mystery 23)

Barbara Nadel

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Turkey, Crime & mystery, Street crime / gun crime

The gripping twenty-third Ikmen mystery from award-winning crime writer Barbara Nadel will delight her many fans, as Ikmen and Suleyman uncover the shocking truth behind a double murder in Istanbul. 'Ikmen is one of modern crime fiction's true heroes' The Times

GREED, LUST AND BETRAYAL LEAD TO MURDER in Barbara Nadel's twenty-third Ikmen mystery, as Ikmen and Suleyman work to uncover a tragic tale of dark secrets and double lives...

In the early hours of the morning, Turkish TV star Erol Gencer is found dead at his home on the outskirts of Istanbul. But he is not alone. Beside him lies a Syrian refugee whose stomach has been split open with a cheese knife. Did Gencer kill his guest before committing suicide, or are they victims of a sinister double murder?
The dead Syrian is soon identified as Wael Al Hussain, whose wife, Samira, is in prison for attempting to kill Gencer a year ago. At the time, no one believed Samira's story that Gencer's wife had planned the attack, but now Samira's sister begs etin Ikmen to re-examine her claim.

Meanwhile, Inspector Mehmet Suleyman is on leave with his teenage son, Patrick, who is visiting from Ireland, but when Detective Kerim Gursel's transsexual ex-lover, Pembe, is also murdered, shortly after confessing that Wael Al Hussain had used her for sexual favours, Suleyman knows he must help Kerim solve this complex case.
Entering a world of the Syrian diaspora, where tales of mythical storytellers abound, Ikmen and Suleyman uncover a tragic tale of dark secrets and double lives where nothing is at it seems...

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Praise for Forfeit (Ikmen Mystery 23)

  • Ikmen is one of modern crime fiction's true heroes - The Times

  • Complex and beguiling: a Turkish delight

  • Ikmen is one of modern crime fiction's true heroes, complex yet likeable, and the city he inhabits - Istanbul - is just as fascinating - The Times

  • Barbara Nadel's distinctive Istanbul-set Inspector Ikmen thrillers combine brightly coloured scene setting with deliciously tortuous plots - the resourceful Ikmen is always struggling with intractable cases - Guardian

  • Inspector etin Ikmen is one of detective fiction's most likeable investigators, despite his grumpy and unsociable character . . . think of him as the Morse of Istanbul - Daily Telegraph

  • Ikmen and Suleyman form an easygoing if tense partnership as ever, and Nadel has no equal when it comes to summoning the dark side of her fictional environment, behind the glossy image of tourist brochures - Crime Time

  • Fans of Barbara Nadel's Inspector etin Ikmen have had a front-row seat for the social and political changes that have been happening in Turkey, and revealing insights into the way they've affected the lives of the city's richly diverse inhabitants - The Sunday Times

  • The delight of Nadel's books is the sense of being taken beneath the surface of an ancient city . . . We look into the alleyways and curious dark quarters of Istanbul, full of complex characters and louche atmosphere - Independent

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Barbara Nadel

Trained as an actress, Barbara Nadel used to work in mental health services. Born in the East End of London, she now writes full time and has been a visitor to Turkey for over twenty years. She received the Crime Writers' Association Silver Dagger for her novel DEADLY WEB, and the Swedish Flintax Prize for historical crime fiction for her first Francis Hancock novel, LAST RIGHTS.
To find out more, follow Barbara on Twitter @BarbaraNadel or visit her website

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