River of the Dead

River of the Dead

[a Cetin Ikmen Mystery]

Book - 2009
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Convicted murderer and drug baron Yusuf Kaya has escaped from Istanbul prison. He appears to have had inside help...

Inspector Cetin Ikmen is called to investigate Kaya's contacts in the city, while Inspector Suleyman heads to Kaya's home town of Mardin, a dangerous city in the south east of Turkey. Back in Istanbul, as Ikmen delves deeper into Kaya's past, the body count continues to rise. Meanwhile, Suleyman discovers that Kaya has another wife in Mardin, an American woman heavily guarded by members of the Kaya clan. It's not long before the two Inspectors are caught up in a terrifying web of arms and drug running, terrorism, blackmail and murder...

Publisher: Headline, c2009.
ISBN: 9780755335640
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY NAD


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Mar 11, 2017

Excellent read from start to finish, even with the Turkish names. Turkish setting made it even more interesting and characters were well drawn and the plot well paced. Would definitely recommend.

Jan 29, 2012

This is #11 in the series and, happily, the author continues to avoid descending into sameness from one episode to the next; the ongoing characters continue to evolve and each episode introduces the reader to a different social aspect of Turkey and/or involves a little-known corner of the country; the only downside to this particular book is that the author seems to have been unable to figure out how to have the police uncover most or all of the story bit by bit; so, instead, there’s an unfortunate section of about 25 pages near the end where one of the characters simply pours out the bulk of the story and tells us one corner of it after another. That character does clear up nearly all the loose ends, but diligent sleuthing would have made the book a more interesting read.

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