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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: W&N; Export ed edition (14 Feb. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0297851845
  • ISBN-13: 978-0297851844
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.6 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,441,932 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In writing a thoroughly enjoyable and gripping crime novel Jenny White also makes a serious point about today's politics and invites us to think. (Alan Massie THE SCOTSMAN)

a compelling thriller; bold characters seize an adventure occasionally tinged with melancholy, while White's anthropological heritage floods her brisk investigation with colourful detail. (James Urquhart FINANCIAL TIMES)

Intrigue, murder and betrayal are rife in this stylish detective thriller. (GLASGOW EVENING TIMES)


a fascinating picture of Istanbul... The 19th-century city is vividly drawn... [Kamil Pasha] is an appealing hero. (HISTORICAL NOVELS REVIEW) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Nineteenth-century Istanbul comes alive in this thrilling tale about a stolen reliquary and an international conspiracy.

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This is a relatively new genre for me and I was not disappointed. Although it is nothing like The Da Vinci Code there are some parallels.

Although not qualified to comment on its historical accuracy I found this period of history highly interesting and the characters Jenny White created were well thought through with some depth.

A reliquary (a mysterious holy grail-like artifact) is at the focal point of this book which was "lost" 400 years earlier. This is continually referenced in the book as the 'Proof of God' and this is an area where I wasn't sure how credible it would be come the final pages (see later).

It is set in late 19th-century Istanbul and features city magistrate Kamil Pasha who plays a historical sleuth with aplomb who is is charged with discovering the theft of this highly prized/treasured artifact. The missing reliquary is also linked to an increasing number of thefts which can be traced back to London.

Kamil's character is slightly flawed but in ways that endears the reader to him.

Kamil's boss, orders him to find the thieves who are responsible for stealing these religious relics and gives him a week to accomplish this.

He quickly teams with Omar the Head of "Police" and they form an unlilely alliance but one that works.

One of Kamil's closet friends is Malik who is the caretaker of a local mosque and entrusts him with some informataion which is highly potent/life threatening.

Along the way there are romantic interludes for Kamil which you hope will work out but it the description of the people and places that makes this book captivating.
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I read Sultans seal by Jenny white and I really liked it.Her novels is combination of history of Ottoman Empire and mystery, criminals and of course Kamil Pasha who is the magistrates catching the criminals.he is handsome,tough guy but at the same time his inside is soft and likeable person.
I look forward to read Jenny Whites other books about Kamil Pasha.
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