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The Winter Thief: A Kamil Pasha Novel (Kamil Pasha Novels) Hardcover – 19 Aug 2010

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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (19 Aug 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393070174
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393070170
  • Product Dimensions: 1.7 x 0.3 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,744,000 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mrs p m shakespeare on 29 Dec 2012
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i loved this book from beginning to end a good plot and i didnt want it to finish ,i hope there will be more kamil pasha novels
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Strong characters and a fascinating setting highlight a strongly written book 26 Jan 2011
By booksforabuck - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The Ottoman Empire has long been a place where Christians, Moslems and Jews can live together in safety and Magistrate Kamil Pasha values that and wants to preserve the empire. But other nations lust over rich Ottoman provinces, and internally, a struggle for power weakens the empire. When the Ottoman bank is robbed and dynamited, Kamil is called upon to solve the crime--but the head of the secret police organization is convinced he already knows the criminals--terrorist Armenians who hope to fund a revolution.

Hamstrung by weak support from his superiors, opposition from the secret police, and concerned both about the woman he loves and his missing brother-in-law, Kamil nevertheless investigates--until he is framed for murder. He uncovers evidence that a socialistic utopian group is attempting to set up a community in Ottoman-Armenian soil and that they may be behind both a gun smuggling plot and the robbery. But he doesn't believe they represent the revolutionary threat the secret police describe.

On the Sultan's orders, Kamil travels to Trabzon, and Armenian territories to investigate rumors of an impending revolt. There he finds that the secret police and Kurdish irregulars are stirring up exactly the kind of revolt the Sultan feared.

Author Jenny White creates a vivid picture of Istanbul and the Ottoman Empire in the 19th century. Kamil finds himself trying to make the best choices in an environment where strict adherence to the law might result in slaughter of thousands. Vahid, head of the secret police, is a devious and angry antagonist driven both by ambition and by his hopes for revenge. The leaders of the socialist community are believably naive, willing to commit vast crimes in the belief that they are bringing in a wonderful new world. White is at her best when she's writing her deeply disturbed female characters. Kamil's sister seeks her missing husband while wondering if he was unfaithful to her, socialist Vera tries to find a publisher for an Armenian translation of The Communist Manifesto, to the deeply disturbed and homicidal Elif whom Kamil loves but who suffers repercussions from the murder of her husband and son.

White may have relied a bit much on coincidence, and I would have liked Vahid to be a bit more rational in his attempt to become the power behind the throne. But White's strong writing, the intriguing characters, and the wonderful setting in the declining days of the Ottoman Empire add up to a book that was hard to put down.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
The Winter Thief: Ottoman detective novel 3 Mar 2010
By Hillary Hutchinson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Jenny White's novel's just get better and better. I read this in manuscript form, and could not put it down. Beginning with a daring bank robbery, the pace keeps up through the novel, tying all kinds of disparate threads together at the end and letting you inside the lives of multiple interesting characters.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Jenny White just keeps getting better 7 Mar 2010
By Dahlin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
While looking for novels set in Turkey, I discovered Jenny White and her two Kamil Pasha novels. I not only loved her charachers but also the way in which she put the reader into the world of Istanbul at the end of the Ottoman Empire. Now a third book has been published. It may be my favorite. Jenny White is a not to be missed. Enjoy!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Russians, Revolutions and Repercussions 17 Mar 2010
By Mme Kate Schertz - Published on Amazon.com
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I loved Jenny White's new book. The character development was excellent, especially because I understood each person's point of view and why they were doing what they did, even when it was definitely not in their own interest. Having just seen "The Last Station," I was fascinated to read about another Utopian community at about the same time but in Turkey and fictional! And so thrilled that Kamil Pasha finally got to...............whoops, better not spill the beans. This third novel brings to life a whole gaggle of strong, passionate women who are a match for their -- and other evil -men. A really good read! You can feel the cold, the hunger and the passion.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The Winter Thief 17 Sep 2010
By Silver Dove - Published on Amazon.com
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This the best of the series by far, though I liked the earlier two books as well. The Winter Thief helps one understand both the nature of the Ottoman Empire and its decline. The characters and the time period are very well drawn. This is a most effective way to develop a sense of this time and place.
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