The Snake Stone

A Novel

Investigator Yashim (Volume 2)

Jason Goodwin

Sarah Crichton Books

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The captivating return of Yashim, the eunuch investigator from the intelligent, elliptical and beguilingly written" (The Times, London) bestseller The Janissary Tree

When a French archaeologist arrives in 1830s Istanbul determined to track down a lost Byzantine treasure, the local Greek communities are uncertain how to react; the man seems dangerously well informed. Yashim Togalu, who so brilliantly solved the mysterious murders in The Janissary Tree, 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.

The New York Times celebrated The Janissary Tree as “the perfect escapist mystery,” and The Daily Telegraph called it “[A] tremendous first novel . . . Beautifully written, perfectly judged, humane, witty and captivating.”
 
With The Snake Stone, Jason Goodwin delights us with another transporting romp through the back streets of nineteenth-century Istanbul. Yashim finds himself racing against time once again, to 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. Armed only with a unique sixteenth-century book, the dashing eunuch leads us into a world where the stakes are high, betrayal is death—and the pleasure to the reader is immense.

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Chapter 1
The voice was low and rough and it came from behind as dusk fell.
“Hey, George.”
It was the hour of the evening prayer, when you could no longer distinguish between a black thread and a white one, in ordinary light. George pulled the paring knife from his belt and sliced it through the air as he turned. All over Istanbul, muezzins in their minarets threw back their heads and began to chant.
It was a good time to kick a man to death in the street.
The grainy ululations swept in sobbing waves across the Golden Horn, where the Greek oarsmen on the gliding caïques

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Praise for The Janissary Tree:
 
“The perfect escapist mystery.” —The New York Times
 
“[A] tremendous first novel ... beautifully written, perfectly judged, humane, witty and captivating.” —Daily Telegraph
 
“Intelligent, elliptical and beguilingly written, The Janissary Tree is a rare pleasure.” —The Times (London)

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Jason Goodwin

JASON GOODWIN is the author of Lords of the Horizons: A History of the Ottoman Empire, among other award-winning nonfiction. The Janissary Tree, his first novel and the first in a series featuring Yashim, was published in May 2006 to international acclaim.

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The Snake Stone
A Novel
Jason Goodwin

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Sarah Crichton Books
September 2008
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429987691
ISBN10: 1429987693
6 x 9 inches, 304 pages
$7.99

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Picador
September 2008
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ISBN: 9780312428020
ISBN10: 0312428022
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 320 pages
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