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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (8 July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755335694
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755335695
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 428,472 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Trained as an actress, Barbara Nadel used to work in mental health services. Born in the East End of London, she now writes full time and has been a visitor to Turkey for over twenty years. She received the Crime Writers' Association Silver Dagger for her novel DEADLY WEB.

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"A real treat . . . Add Inspector Ikmen and his motley crew to the growing list of outstanding fictional cops plying their trades across all parts of Europe and Asia, which have become hotbeds of police procedural excellence." --"Booklist "on "Belshazzar's Daughter"

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The brilliant new Inspector Ikmen crime mystery - Ikmen ventures on to the mean streets of lowlife London to solve a vicious conspiracy

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By C. P. Levano on 9 Jan. 2010
Format: Hardcover
I love Barbara Nadel's Inspector Ikman books - and have read every one - more than once! I eagerly wait for each new one, and can't wait to find out not only what crimes Ikman and his colleagues will become involved with, but also to find out more about the people that I have come to know and love thanks to the author's ability to create such engaging and real characters. Inspector Ikman is at the centre of a very real family, and also a very real assortment of colleagues - each of which have developed and changed as the books progress, and who are part of why these books are so engaging.

I also love Istanbul - a city that has captured my heart - and so I enjoy that the books deal with crimes in and around this unique and evocative city that mixes Europe and Asia, east and west, ancient and modern. This is another reason why these books are unique.

And I guess because of that, this book - while an excellent stand-alone story - was a bit of a disappointment to me. The main character Ikman spends most of his time in London, and as the book is very plot-driven (and excellently so), there is little about the other characters, or indeed about Istanbul - which is for me what makes these books special and different from the other police/crime books.

So in short, for me this was an excellent (and very timely) plot and a good read, but it didn't give me what I want from an Ikman book.

I look forward to the next one - and hope Ikman and his colleagues are firmly back in Istanbul!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mead reader on 8 April 2010
Format: Hardcover
Good book but I really got into the books because of the writing of Turkey which really showed the writers love of the country and people. But this book I know its only partially based in Turkey but even in the previous book when it was based in Turkey, there wasn't as much atmosphere as previous outings, maybe I'm being picky as the early books were of such a high standard. Sounds like I didn't really enjoy this book but I did, just wished it was more like the early books with the atmosphere etc. Also there seemed to be too much storeline for the book, some parts were only touched on lightly when it would have been good to have seen more detail.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Book lover on 31 Mar. 2010
Format: Hardcover
I am one of Barbara Nadel's great fans and she has many.I never had a chance to visit Istanbul till last year yet through the Inspector Ikmen stories felt I knew it well. Barbara's plots are set amidst the twisting streets, markets, seedy little cafes as well as the homes of the rich, the dissolute and simple, ordinary, hard working people. These are places unfrequented by tourists and this is the Istanbul with all it's cultural diversity, beauty and squalor that these stories have introduced to me. Meeting her characters in each of the books is a treat;these are people I have come to love and know,as if they were my own friends and family! Barbara creates her characters with such understanding, empathy and compassion.
In Death by Design, however, Barbara brings her Inspector Ikmen to London for a change. It is a brilliant,thought-provoking plot and one that has stayed in my mind ever since as its theme and the terrible criminal activities it investigates are closer to home and thus more uncomfortable. Crime books are often not regarded in a literary light but to my mind, when well researched and well written, they are records of the times and the problems and fears of those times. For an understanding of the mind of the greedy and rapacious (to whom human lives are as nothing and who will use any means to gain what they want) and the fear,anger and hate that provokes and is provoked by terrorist activity, this book provides a marvellous analysis.
I did miss Istanbul and all the beloved cast of characters one is used to in Barbara's novels but all writers like a change of scenery and even readers need to occasionally abandon their comfort zone and see their favourite character in a new setting and a new light if the characters are to be truly understood.
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Format: Paperback
I started to read this book simply because of the picture of Hagia Sophia on the front cover and my enduring interest in Turkey. However the focus of the novel is on London with the anti-hero doing improbable, last-minute feats that are way beyond any real detective. The title is weak and does not convey well the actual subject matter.

The simple prose style quickly made me doubt that there would be any depth to this novel. However the story rollicks along, taking the undemanding reader with it and it's a good read if that's what you want. However, there's certainly nothing new or even interesting about Istanbul.

I probably won't read any more by this author, given the naive storyline and simplistic writing style.
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By M. Parr on 29 April 2011
Format: Paperback
Some of Barbara Nadel's recent novels have been rather weak. The Turkey background and the characters have been strong as ever, but the plots have sometimes relied on esoteric events. In this novel however, the action moves to London, and is quite realistic and down-to-earth - the plight of immigrants exploited by people-traffickers. Don't read this book first. Instead get immersed in the Istanbul life of inspector Ikmen and colleagues. After this, I recommend this text, written by someone who knows London as well as Istanbul.
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