The Bellini Card

A Novel

Investigator Yashim (Volume 3)

Jason Goodwin

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Detective.  Polyglot.  Chef.  Eunuch.

Investigator Yashim Returns in this Edgar® Award-Winning Series

 

Istanbul, 1840: the young sultan Abdülmecid believes that Gentile Bellini's vanished masterpiece, a portrait of Mehmet the Conqueror, may have resurfaced in Venice. But it's not Yashim, our eunuch detective, who takes a ship across the Mediterranean. Instead, it's his Polish ambassador friend, Palewski, disguised as an American art dealer.

What begins as a simple inquiry soon turns into a murderous game of deception and suspense, played out among the faded palazzi and sluggish canals of the decaying city. Dealers, forgers, and aristocrats become fatally involved, as the search for the Bellini portrait uncovers a threat to the stability of the Ottoman throne, and the peace of Europe. 

The Paperback Edition Includes an Author Interview, Bonus Inspector Yashim Recipe, and an Excerpt from the Next Inspector Yashim Mystery, An Evil Eye

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Com’era, dov’eraAs it was, where it wasVenetian motto § Never judge a painting or a woman by candlelightVenetian proverb I He sank slowly through the dark water, arms out, feet pointed: like a Christ, or a dervish, casting a benediction on the sea.The stone at his feet hit the mud with a soft explosion, his knees buckled, and in a moment he was bowing gracefully with the tide. He had always been graceful; pliant, too, when fixing a price; a man who traded and left something in the deal for the other fellow.Overhead, the killer turned his head from side to side, alert

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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 ReviewPraise for The Bellini Card

 
“Escapist fiction at its most seductive.” —Heather O’Donoghue, The Times Literary Supplement
 
“Goodwin’s previous books took us into the alleys and byways of nineteenth-century Istanbul. This is an equally vivid and well-informed account of Venice in 1840 . . . The plot is lively and interesting; but the real delight in this book is the atmospheric portrait of a fascinating place.” —Literary Review
 
Praise for The Snake Stone
 
“Wonderfully entertaining . . . [Goodwin] uses short, punchy chapters and vibrant, atmospheric prose to bring the glory days of the Ottoman capital to life.” —Adam Woog, The Seattle Times
 
Praise for The Janissary Tree, Edgar® Award Winner for Best Novel
 
“Everything you could want from a novel—beautifully written, a cracking story, and, in the figure of Yashim the eunuch, a wonderfully seductive and original detective.” —Kate Mose, author of Labyrinth

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Jason Goodwin

Jason Goodwin is the bestselling author of The Janissary Tree—winner of the 2007 Edgar ® Award for Best Novel—and The Snake Stone, the first two 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.

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The Bellini Card
A Novel
Jason Goodwin

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Picador
March 2010
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312429355
ISBN10: 0312429355
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 320 pages
$16.00

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Sarah Crichton Books
March 2010
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ISBN: 9781429922722
ISBN10: 1429922729
304 pages
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