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By Jason Goodwin

Winner of the Edgar Award for top Novel

It is 1836. Europe is modernizing and the Ottoman Empire needs to stick to go well with. yet earlier than the sultan declares sweeping alterations, a wave of murders threatens the delicate stability of strength in his court docket. who's in the back of them? just one intelligence agent could be relied on to determine: Yashim, a guy either wonderful and near-invisible during this international, an investigator who can stroll conveniently within the nice halls of the empire, in its streets, or even inside its harems--because, after all, Yashim is a eunuch. His research issues to the Janissaries, who, for 400 years have been the empire's elite squaddies. beaten through the sultan, may perhaps they now be staging a brutal comeback? and will they be stopped with no throwing Istanbul into political chaos?

This first publication within the Investigator Yashim sequence is a richly enjoyable story, filled with unique background and intrigue.

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The representative’s doorways, despite the fact that, have been firmly closed. His fist made no echo at the iron-studded gates: he could have been beating stone. Exasperated, he took a number of steps again and regarded upward. the large eaves jutted ahead ten ft or extra, in classical Ottoman variety. He ran his eyes alongside the partitions. The outer partitions have been outfitted up with the imperial kitchens, a protracted sequence of domes, like bowls stacked on a shelf: there has been no means via there. He grew to become to the left and started to stroll speedy towards the information. not anyone challenged him as he positioned his hand at the inlaid doorways and driven. The door creaked again, and he stepped into the vestibule. The door forward stood a little bit ajar, and in a minute Yashim was once again within the everyday darkish archive room. He referred to as softly. “Ibou? ” No solution. He known as back, a bit louder. “Ibou? Are you there? It’s me, Yashim. ” The tiny candle on the some distance finish of the room used to be snuffed out for a second, then it reappeared. anyone had moved within the darkness. “Don’t be afraid. i want your support. ” He heard the slap of sandals at the stone flooring and Ibou progressed into the sunshine. His eyes have been very around. “What are you able to do? ” he nearly whispered. “I have to use the again door, Ibou. are you able to enable me via? ” “I have a key. But—I don’t are looking to move. ” “No, you remain. are you aware what’s occurring? ” “I am new. I wasn’t asked—but it truly is a few form of assembly. risky, too. ” “Come on. ” The little doorway gave onto the hall during which the Valide Kosem have been dragged to her demise. Yashim clasped Ibou’s hand. “Good luck,” the younger guy whispered. The door to the shield room was once closed. Yashim opened it with a short flick of the deal with and stepped inside of. “I am summoned,” he introduced. process. The halberdiers stood frozen. They made no attempt to forestall Yashim beginning the door, as if they have been clockwork squaddies that somebody had forgotten to wind. For a second he, too, stood transfixed, taking a look into the courtroom of the Valide Sultan. Then he took a step again and intensely softly closed the door. 121 THE sound asleep quarters of the harem slaves lay above the colonnade that spanned one aspect of the valide’s court docket: quietly making an attempt the door, Yashim chanced on himself in a small, naked chamber strewn with rugs and mattresses and dimly lit via a number of brief candles set on plates at the ground. The beds have been empty: darkish shadows on the latticed window confirmed him that the harem slaves have been crowding there for a greater view. one of many slave ladies gave a pant as Yashim stepped up in the back of her. He placed a finger to his lips and regarded down. by no means in all his lifestyles could Yashim put out of your mind that sight. To the left, the valide sultan stood on the doorway to her residences, on the head of a crowd of harem girls that spilled from the entrance and coated the partitions 3 deep: 100 girls, might be extra, Yashim guessed, in each country of costume and undress. a few, roused from their beds, have been nonetheless of their pajamas. around the courtyard, massed of their finery, stood the palace eunuchs, black and white. Their turbans sparkled with helpful jewels, nodding egrets.

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