The Snake Stone

By Jason Goodwin
(Picador USA, Paperback, 9780312428020, 290pp.)

Publication Date: September 30, 2008

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Detective, polyglot, chef, eunuch--Investigator Yashim returns in this evocative Edgar(R) Award-winning series set in Istanbul at the end of the Ottoman Empire
Istanbul, 1838. In his palace on the Bosphorus, Sultan Mahmud II is dying and the city swirls with rumors and alarms. The unexpected arrival of a French archaeologist determined to track down lost Byzantine treasures throws the Greek community into confusion. Yashim Togalu is once again enlisted to investigate. But when the archaeologist's mutilated body is discovered outside the French embassy, it turns out there is only one suspect: Yashim himself. As the body count starts to rise, Yashim must uncover the startling truth behind a shadowy society dedicated to the revival of the Byzantine Empire, encountering along the way such vibrant characters as Lord Byron's doctor and the Sultan's West Indies-born mother, the Valide. With striking wit and irresistible flair, Jason Goodwin takes us into a world where the stakes are high, betrayal is death--and the pleasure to the reader is immense.

About the Author
Jason Goodwin is the Edgar Award-winning author of the Investigator Yashim series. The first four books--"The Janissary Tree", "The Snake Stone", "The Bellini Card", " "and "An Evil Eye"--have been published to international acclaim. Goodwin studied Byzantine history at Cambridge and is the author of "Lords of the Horizons: A History of the Ottoman Empire", among other award-winning nonfiction. He lives with his wife and children in England.
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