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Author Barbara Nadel: Published by Headline : Price e11.45

There are two separate murder investigations that happen in this book. One of them is headed by Cetin Ikmen and the other by Mehmet Suleyman. The first killing involves the murder of a carpet dealer whilst the second has to do with a serial killer called the 'peeper'. This latter killing looks on the face of it the harder of the two crimes to deal with because unknownst to everyone at the police station the killer is actually a member of the secret service that has gone rogue and is killing people who he thinks that are contrary to the morals of the Turkish society that people should be living by and that is an awful lot of potential victims. Not only can Mehmet not talk about the case to anyone he can't even let a word drop to his mentor Cetin who is considered one of the best detectives in Turkey. He is literally fighting with one hand behind his back. On top of all of this he is being sexually harassed by the one person from the secret service that he is supposed to be dealing with. Mursel has even gone so far as to say to him that not only is he not allowed to discuss the case with anyone but that he will personally kill him if he does and it is not a threat that Mehmet takes lightly at all. The thing is that all of the information about the 'peeper' comes through Mursel and Mehmet has to deal with him constantly. It is not so long that Mehmet gets the feeling that there is some connection between Mursel and the 'peeper' and he is not wrong. It is only when he breaks his silence and speaks to Cetin that Mehmet begins to see what is truly happening and how some of the murders are linked but it nearly proves to be his undoing. In the end he has to thank to Cetin for saving his life as it is he who talks to their chief who has deeper contacts within the secret service who are unaware of a lot of what Mursel and his connection to the 'peeper' is all about. Cetin Ikmen is busy with his own investigation into the murder of a carpet dealer and while on the surface of it it is a far more sedate affair there are still deep passions that are eddying beneath the surface. The man in question had in his possession a carpet that was supposed to belong to Lawrence of Arabia and was selling it to a member of the English consulate for a quarter of a million pounds, he had already given over a deposit of one hundred and twenty thousand pounds. Not only was he involved with him it turns out that he was having an affair with his wife, a seemingly mild mannered middle aged woman by the name of Mathilda Melly. And it is she who is found to be the killer unearthing a whole load of passions, straight and lesbian that no one thought were even there. A rattling good read with both stories balancing each other out in terms of narrative, Barbara Nadel proves with her Cetin Ikmen novels that she's a class act.

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