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By Jason Goodwin

Detective. Polyglot. Chef. Eunuch.

Investigator Yashim Returns during this Edgar® Award-Winning Series

Istanbul, 1840: the younger sultan Abdülmecid believes that Gentile Bellini's vanished masterpiece, a portrait of Mehmet the Conqueror, could have resurfaced in Venice. yet it isn't Yashim, our eunuch detective, who takes a boat around the Mediterranean. as a substitute, it really is his Polish ambassador good friend, Palewski, disguised as an American paintings dealer.

What starts as an easy inquiry quickly becomes a murderous online game of deception and suspense, performed out one of the light palazzi and slow canals of the decaying urban. buyers, forgers, and aristocrats develop into fatally concerned, because the look for the Bellini portrait uncovers a risk to the soundness of the Ottoman throne, and the peace of Europe.

The Paperback variation contains an writer Interview, Bonus Inspector Yashim Recipe, and an Excerpt from the following Inspector Yashim secret, An Evil Eye

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It sank, nudging the dealer towards the ocean on which, in her days of glory, town had made her fortune. underneath Byzantine domes, dilapidated palaces, and tethered boats the corpse used to be hustled noiselessly towards the ocean, fingers nonetheless flung large in a gesture of vacant welcome. but a few obstruction, a block of stone or loop of rotten rope, should have checked his passage for a time, for while sunrise broke, and the tide slackened, the dealer used to be nonetheless yards clear of the deep waters of the Riva dei Schiavoni into which he might have another way sunk with out extra hint. 2 THE sultan gave a high-pitched sneeze and patted his face with a silk handkerchief. “The Queen of britain has one,” he acknowledged petulantly. Resid Pasha bowed his head. King William was once lifeless, like Sultan Mahmut. Now, he concept, England and the Ottoman Empire have been being governed by means of little ladies. “As the sultan says, may perhaps his days be lengthened. ” “The Habsburgs have a number of galleries, I comprehend. of their dominions in Italy, entire palaces are filled with images. ” The sultan dabbed at his nostril. “The Emperor of Austria is familiar with what his grandfather’s grandfather used to be like through taking a look at his photo, Resid Pasha. ” The younger pasha folded his narrow palms in entrance of him. What the sultan acknowledged was once real yet completely ridiculous: the Habsburgs have been notoriously gruesome, notoriously alike. They married their shut family, and the chins bought higher each iteration. while an Ottoman prince had none yet beautiful and finished ladies to proportion his mattress. Resid Pasha tensed his shoulders. “The Austrian canines continually piss at the similar spot,” he acknowledged with a jocular grunt. “Who would wish to determine that? ” while he spoke, he knew he had made a mistake. Sultan Mahmut could have grinned on the comment, yet Mahmut used to be lifeless. The sultan frowned. “We will not be conversing of canines now. ” “You are correct, my padishah. ” Resid Pasha hung his head. “I converse of the Conqueror,” Abdülmecid acknowledged loftily. “Of the blood in those veins. ” He held out his wrists, and the younger counselor bowed, abashed. “If the image exists, I want for it,” the sultan persisted. “I are looking to see it. Do you want, Resid Pasha, that the likeness of the Conqueror might be uncovered to the infidel gaze, or that an unbeliever may still own it? ” Resid Pasha sighed. “And but, my sultan, we don't comprehend the place the portray should be. If, certainly, it exists in any respect. ” The younger padishah sneezed back. whereas he tested his handkerchief, the pasha pressed on: “For greater than 3 centuries, no one ever observed or heard approximately this—picture. this present day we now have a rumor, not anything extra. allow us to be careful, my padishah. What does it topic if we wait one other month? one other yr? fact is like musk, whose thankful scent can by no means be hid. ” The sultan nodded, yet no longer in contract. “There is a speedier way,” he stated, in a voice treacled with mucus. “Send for Yashim. ” three as regards to the coastline of the Golden Horn, at the Pera part, stood a fountain organize by way of an Ottoman princess as an act of generosity, on a place the place the boatmen used to linger and drop their fares.

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