An Evil Eye

A Novel

Investigator Yashim (Volume 4)

Jason Goodwin

Sarah Crichton Books

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From the Edgar® Award–winning author of The Janissary Tree comes the fourth and most captivating Investigator Yashim mystery yet!
 
It takes a writer of prodigious talents to conjure the Istanbul of the Ottoman Empire in all its
majesty. In three previous novels, Jason Goodwin has taken us on stylish, suspenseful, and vibrant excursions into its exotic territory. Now, in An Evil Eye, the mystery of Istanbul runs deeper than ever before.
 
It’s 1839, and the admiral of the Ottoman fleet has defected to the Egyptians. It’s up to the intrepid Investigator Yashim to uncover the man’s motives. Of course, Fevzi Ahmet is no stranger to Yashim—it was Fevzi who taught the investigator his craft years ago. He’s the only man whom Yashim has ever truly feared: ruthless, cruel, and unswervingly loyal to the sultan. So what could have led Yashim’s former mentor to betray the Ottoman Empire?
 
Yashim’s search draws him into the sultan’s seraglio, a well-appointed world with an undercurrent of fear, ambition, and deep-seated superstition. When the women of the sultan’s orchestra begin inexplicably to grow ill and die, Yashim discovers that the admiral’s defection may be rooted somewhere in the torturous strictures of the sultan’s harem.
 
No one knows more about the Ottoman Empire and Istanbul than Jason Goodwin, of whom Janet
Maslin wrote in The New York Times: “Mr. Goodwin uses rich historical detail to elevate the books in this series . . . far above the realm of everyday sleuthing.”

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  Istanbul, 1836THE 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 evil

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“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


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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
Jason Goodwin

Hardcover

Hardcover
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Sarah Crichton Books
March 2011
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780374110406
ISBN10: 0374110409
6 x 9 inches, 304 pages
$26.00

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Picador
February 2012
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781250002433
ISBN10: 1250002435
5 1/2 x 8.25 inches, 352 pages
$15.00

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Sarah Crichton Books
March 2011
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429958875
ISBN10: 1429958871
304 pages
$9.99
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