Land of the Blind

Land of the Blind

Book - 2015
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A body is found in the ruined Constantinople hippodrome: a woman, clutching a piece of red stone. She's recently given birth, but there's no sign of the baby. Inspector Cetin Ikmen discovers she was a Byzantine specialist on a crusade to protect the historic but now squalid areas of Istanbul that her enemy, property developer Ahmet Oden, seeks to destroy and rebuild. As Ikmen searches for the lost child and the truth behind her death, the people of Istanbul rise up in protest against their government in Gezi Park, and the city lurches into chaos and anger. Against this background, Ikmen will unravel a tale of ancient hostility and modern desires, where the truth is concealed within the secret history of this antique city.
Publisher: London : Headline, 2015.
ISBN: 9781472213761
1472213769
Characteristics: 407 p.

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May 15, 2016

Nadel takes inspiration for this novel from Turkey's recent and early history. One is the 2013 riot in Istanbul; the other is the Byzantine background. For me, she allows too much book space to describe the sit-in and the dispersing of the crowd by the police, but then it does give her the opportunity to make time pass between the main events of the story. Being familiar with her characters who feature in her Ikmen mysteries, I enjoyed reading about the current events in their lives and progressing relationships. For a reader new to her series, the number of names Nadel includes in this story would be daunting. The opening chapter certainly tantalizes the reader to discover the circumstances of that character's situation. It doesn't take long after for Ikmen and Suleyman to be involved in finding the identity of 2 sets of bones discovered in different spots and belonging to different time periods, but connected to violent Turkish-Greek relationships in the past.

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