When the body of a Russian agent is found down a monastery well, Yashim knows exactly whom to blame. Fevzi Ahmet Pasha, commander of the Ottoman fleet. Years ago, when Yashim first entered the sultan's service, Fevzi Ahmet was his mentor. Ruthless, cruel, and - in Yashim's eyes - ultimately ineffective, he is the only man who makes him afraid. And now Yashim must confront the secret that Fevzi Pasha has been keeping all these years, a secret whose roots lie deep in the tortured atmosphere of the sultan's harem, where normal rules are suspended, and women can simply disappear. Once again, Yashim and his friends encounter treachery and politics, played out against the backdrop of 1840s "Istanbul".
Jason Goodwin, novelist and historian, writes the best-selling Yashim detective series set in 1830s Istanbul. The first in the series, The Janissary Tree, won the coveted EdgarAllen Poe Award for Best Novel in 2007, and the series has appeared in over 40 languages.
'When you read a historical mystery by Jason Goodwin,' writes Marylin Stasio in The New York Times Book Review, 'you take a magic carpet ride to the most exotic place on earth.'
He has written award-winning books of travel and history, notably Lords of the Horizons: A History of the Ottoman Empire. Read it to discover why Time Out called it 'perhaps the most readable history ever written on anything.'
Jason's love-affair with Turkey was kindled in 1990 when he and Kate, his partner, walked 2000 miles across eastern Europe, from Gdansk to Istanbul. The award-winning 'On Foot to the Golden Horn' tells the story of that journey in a year of change, and it's available on Kindle.
Also on Kindle, The Gunpowder Gardens: Travels through India and China in Search of Tea tells the story of Jason's journey across the world of tea, its trade and history.
He lives in Dorset, on the south coast of England, with Kate and their four children.