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Jenny White
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23 Oct 2008

The Ottoman Empire is plagued by thefts of antiquities from mosques and churches that, within days, appear for sale in Europe. Among them is a reliquary, presumed lost for four hundred years and around which an elaborate and mysterious sect has grown.

In Istanbul, magistrate Kamil Pasha is under pressure to break the smuggling ring amid rising tensions between Christians and Muslims. He confronts a mysterious adversary who will stop at nothing to get the reliquary first. With the Balkans aflame and Kamil's personal life in upheaval, the search into the old neighbourhoods where Istanbul's crime rings reside may cost Kamil not only his position but also his life.

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  • Paperback: 456 pages
  • Publisher: Phoenix (23 Oct 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753824396
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753824399
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 703,945 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 the Hardcover edition.

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19th-century Istanbul: a conspiracy to steal an ancient reliquary; a secret which could change the world.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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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4.0 out of 5 stars History novel 23 Jun 2013
By Figen
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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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