The Snake Stone, Paperback Book
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It is Istanbul, 1838, and Lefevre, a French archaeologist, has arrived in Istanbul determined to uncover a lost Byzantine treasure.

Yashim is hired to investigate him, but when the man turns up dead, there is only one suspect: Yashim himself.

Once again, the investigator finds himself in a race against time to uncover the startling truth behind a shadowy secret society dedicated to the revival of the Byzantine Empire, caught in a deadly game deep beneath the city streets, a place where the stakes are high - and betrayal is death.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber
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  • Category: Historical mysteries
  • ISBN: 9780571236473

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I was rather disappointed with this mystery, the third by this author and the second set in 19th century Istanbul. Jason Goodwin's knowledge of the city throughout its long history is evident and that is interesting but there needed to be more momentum and I forced myself to read to the end.

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