When the body of a Russian agent is found down a monastery well, Yashim knows exactly who to blame.
Fevzi Ahmet Pasha, commander of the Ottoman fleet. Years ago, when Yashim first entered the sultan's service, Fevzi Ahmet was his mentor.
Ruthless, cruel, and - in Yashim's eyes - ultimately ineffective, he is the only man who makes him afraid. And now Yashim must confront the secret that Fevzi Pasha has been keeping all these years, a secret whose roots lie deep in the tortured atmosphere of the sultan's harem, where normal rules are suspended, and women can simply disappear.
Once again, Yashim and his friends encounter treachery and politics, played out against the backdrop of 1840s Istanbul.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 304 pages
- Publisher: Faber & Faber
- Publication Date: 01/07/2011
- ISBN: 9780571239870
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Review by devenish
An intriguing story which takes place mainly in the Sultan's Harem in old Istanbul. The lead character in this and other books in the series is Yashim,who is a eunuch and an investigator to the imperial court. When a body is discovered in the well of a nearby monastery,Yashim is soon on the trail. More deaths follow until finally the killer or killers are found.my only problem here is that the author,who seems to know his period and the situation in 1840's Turkey well has not deemed it necessary to pass on his knowledge to us lesser mortals. It would have been a tremendous help to have had both a glossary and a character list to help out.