The Snake Stone: A Novel (Investigator Yashim)

The Snake Stone: A Novel (Investigator Yashim)

Jason Goodwin

Language: English

Pages: 320

ISBN: 0312428022

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

The Snake Stone: A Novel (Investigator Yashim)

Jason Goodwin

Language: English

Pages: 320

ISBN: 0312428022

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Detective, polyglot, chef, eunuch--Investigator Yashim returns in this evocative Edgar® 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.

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The First Apostle (Chris Bronson, Book 1)

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desk—“Yashim efendi.” “The name means something to you?” Yashim asked, cocking his head. The banker looked apologetically blank. “I thought—perhaps your wife…” Mavrogordato startled. “My wife?” There was a moment’s pause. Yashim fluttered his hands. “Forgive me, I should explain. Maximilien Lefèvre. The archaeologist.” Mavrogordato frowned. “Lefèvre,” he repeated. Then, in a somber tone, he added: “You haven’t heard?” “I knew him slightly,” Yashim said slowly. Mavrogordato gave a grunt.

Lefèvre found her? In their country, Yashim knew, people took their pick. What made her choose Lefèvre, then, with all his secrets? The assignations. The hints. And the hidden life, too: this Amélie. She was the most surprising secret of them all. “Your husband didn’t tell you why he had come?” “To meet some people he knew.” She looked uncomfortable. “People?” He had been under an impression that Lefèvre worked alone. “Some Greeks, I think. We were working on Samnos.” She hesitated. “You see,

be less reverent than the next. After the Prophet (peace be on him) came four men who were good men, and great warriors, men who had expanded the Domain of Peace beyond all limits—and yet they were men, and had died at the hands of men, and at the end of the four there had come confusion, and divisions within their house. A Turk with a black mustache and a fez and a heavy belly kicked off his slippers and bent, awkwardly, to pick them up and hand them to Faisal al-Mehmed. Faisal tucked them

Hyacinth giggled uncertainly and tapped Yashim on the chest with his fan. “It seems it’s all your fault, Yashim,” he said. “You and your little favors.” Yashim blinked. Years ago, when three hundred women or more were cooped up in the harem apartments, attended by a cohort of Black Eunuchs, it was only to be expected that everyone would know everyone else’s business. Now there was only one, the valide, with a handful of girls and a few attendants. But some things never changed. “The bostanci

men like Dr. Stephanitzes had their way, Istanbul could revert to being the capital of Greece. They could tear down the minarets, exchange the crescent for the cross, but Suleyman’s Muslim city would still survive, nestled into the very fabric of the place, submerged like the cisterns of Byzantine Istanbul. This city, Yashim reflected, was very resilient. A survivor. Like Lefèvre himself. 108 “I didn’t think we’d see each other again,” Grigor said. “We still share this city.” Grigor

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