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An Evil Eye

A Novel

Investigator Yashim

Jason Goodwin

Picador

Sleuth. Cook. Ottoman. Lover. Have you met Yashim yet?

It’s Istanbul in 1839, and as the new sultan installs his harem in the palace, the intrepid investigator Yashim is set adrift on the swirling currents of loyalty and betrayal. The dramatic treachery of Fevzi Ahmet, the admiral of the fleet, brings Yashim up against the one man he has ever hated…the only man he has ever feared.

Drawn ever deeper into the closed and mysterious world of the Sultan’s harem, Yashim must search for a secret that could save a life or destroy an empire. An Evil Eye is a heart-pounding mystery of exotic Istanbul and a riveting journey into a veiled realm.

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  Istanbul, 1836
THE yali is made of wood silvered by the sun, dry as tinder.As evening falls, the timbers begin to cool. Beams settle; boards contract. Cracks ease around the window frames, whose latticed glass flames orange with the setting sun.The pasha’s two-oared caïque skims like a cormorant up the Bosphorus toward it, away from Istanbul.He leans into the cushions, his back to the setting sun, and lets his mind rove idly across the water, over the surface of his ambitions and his desires.He checks himself. He is not a superstitious man, but praise and pride attract the
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Praise for An Evil Eye

“When you read a historical mystery by Jason Goodwin, you take a magic-carpet ride to the most exotic place on earth.” —Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review

“Goodwin is an author of many strengths…[and his books] just keep getting better….The complicated plot that unfolds is deftly controlled throughout….Goodwin’s prose is sharp and surprising.” —The Washington Post

“Exotic…An elegant meditation on the Ottoman psyche. Goodwin is as concerned with capturing the sights, sounds, and recipes as he is with the murders.” —Financial Times (London)

“Goodwin continues to create historical mysteries with an A-quality plot, excellent historical detail, and a strong sense of place….He is still at the top of his game.” —Booklist

“A great addition to a superb series.” —The Globe and Mail (London)

“In Yashim’s investigations the stakes are high indeed….The bare outlines are enlivened by Goodwin’s skillful use of color and detail, especially Yashim’s recipes, which set the reader drooling. As a historian, Goodwin is scrupulous.” —The Independent (London)

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Jason Goodwin

  • Jason Goodwin is the bestselling author of The Janissary Tree, The Snake Stone, and The Bellini Card, the first three books in his series of novels featuring Yashim. 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 their four children in England.
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    An Evil Eye

    A Novel

    Investigator Yashim

    Jason Goodwin

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