Happy Birthday, Turk!

By Jakob Arjouni; Anselm Hollo (Translator)
(Melville House Publishing, Paperback, 9781935554202, 167pp.)

Publication Date: February 15, 2011

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“Kemal Kayankaya is the ultimate outsider among hard-boiled private eyes.”
—Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review


When a Turkish laborer is stabbed to death in Frankfurt's red light district, the local polcie see no need to work overtime. But when the laborer's wife comes to him for help, wise-cracking detective Kemal Kayankaya, a Turkish immigrant himself, smells a rat. The dead man wasn't the kind of guy who spent time with prostitutes. What gives? The deeper he digs, the more Kayankaya finds that the vitim was a good guy, a poor immigrant just trying to look out for his family. So who wanted him dead, and why? On the way to find out, Kayankaya has run-ins with prostitutes and drug addicts, gets beaten up by anonymous thugs, survives a gas attack, and suffers several close encounters with a Fiat.

And then there's the police cover-up he stumbles upon ...

About the Author
Jakob Arjouni has written novels, plays, screenplays, and the Kemal Kayankaya mystery series. His other publications include his urban novel "Magic Hoffmann", which was shortlisted for the IMPAC Award, and the story collections "Ein Freund" and "Idiots: Five Fairy Tales and Other Stories". Arjouni divides his time between Germany and France.

Anselm Hollo is the author of more than thirty books, not including his literary translations. His work has been widely anthologized and translated into Finnish, French, German, Swedish, and Hungarian. He has received a NEA Fellowship, two grants from The Fund for Poetry, the Government of Finland's Distinguished Foreign Translator's Award, The San Francisco Poetry Center's Book Award, and The Academy of American Poets' Translation Prize. He teaches at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado.
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