The Janissary Tree

The Janissary Tree

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"It is 1836. Europe is modernizing, and the Ottoman Empire must follow suit. But just before the Sultan announces sweeping changes, a wave of murders threatens the fragile balance of power in his court. Who is behind them? Only one intelligence agent can be trusted to find out: Yashim Lastname ... a eunuch. He leads us into the palace's luxurious seraglios and Istanbul's teeming streets, and leans on the wisdom of a dyspeptic Polish ambassador, a transsexual dancer, and a Creole-born queen mother. And he introduces us to the Janissaries. For 400 years, they were the empire's elite soldiers, but they grew too powerful, and ten years ago, the Sultan had them crushed. Are the Janissaries staging a brutal comeback?"--Publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2006.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780374178604
0374178607
9780312426132
Call Number: GOODWIN
Characteristics: 320 p. ; 21 cm.
Subjects: Mystery fiction.
Istanbul (Turkey) -- History -- 19th century -- Fiction.
Istanbul (Turkey) -- Court and courtiers -- Fiction.
Favorites, Royal -- Fiction.
Police -- Turkey -- Istanbul -- Fiction.
Eunuchs -- Fiction.

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pjnorth
Dec 24, 2016

The blurb in the catalog record identifies the protagonist of this series as "Yashim Lastname". That should be corrected to Yashim Togalu.
That said, this is an excellent story. I hope the series holds up to this standard.

Franci333 Nov 17, 2011

Not only was this a great mystery book, but I enjoyed details about 19th century Istanbul as well as the recipes the main character shared with readers when he was cooking. He enjoys cooking and since I do as well, this was a plus for me. I was also fascinated by his friends, from the Sultun's French born mother to his best friend, a down at heels ambassador.

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