- Hardcover: 384 pages
- Publisher: Headline; First UK Edition edition (3 Jan. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0755388887
- ISBN-13: 978-0755388882
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.3 x 22.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,260,050 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Deadline (Inspector Ikmen Mystery 15) (Inspector Ikmen Mysteries) Hardcover – 3 Jan 2013
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Inspector Cetin Ikmen is one of detective fiction's most likeable investigators, despite his grumpy and unsociable character. Or perhaps because of it - we seem to like our detectives a little grouchy: think of him as the Morse of Istanbul... Ikmen is always good company, and Barbara Nadel's writing, as usual (this is her 15th novel in the series) captures the other-worldly though sometimes seedy atmosphere of Istanbul. (Daily Telegraph)
The shade of Agatha Christie adds another note of mystery to a murder take that is both evocative and exotic (Northern Echo)
Atmosphere, authenticity and a touch of the exotic... A well plotted and gripping thriller (Lancashire Evening Post)
[A] Turkish crime delight (Peterborough Evening Telegraph)
'Inspector Cetin Ikmen is one of detective fiction's most likeable investigators, despite his grumpy and unsociable character. Or perhaps because of it - we seem to like our detectives a little grouchy: think of him as the Morse of Istanbul' Daily TelegraphSee all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
Like all the novels of this series "Deadline" would work brilliantly as a TV mini-series.
However, unlike many of the other novels, this was basically one story, rather than the two or three entwined stories that I'm used to reading in this series, so that was a little disappointing.
On the whole, an enjoyable read, with quite a few unresolved issues which I hope that Barbara Nadel will return to in her next novel.
What about some family update on the main characters? That was completely missing.
Nadel starts with an apparently simple premise, but in this novel appearances are very often deceptive. Underneath lies a subtle and multi-layered plot which kept me guessing throughout, was at times almost unbearably tense and, as each new layer of information was gradually revealed, occasionally wrong-footed me quite spectacularly. As I say – this is clever stuff.
Why is Ikmen being forced to play a real-life version of the murder-mystery game? Does the fictional plot of the play contain oblique clues to what is now happening in grim reality? What is the real purpose of the black-clad gunmen? Most intriguing of all – and I promise, there’s no spoiler here, as this begins almost from page one – why does the spectre of a character from a much earlier book – a charismatic psychopath last seen more than a decade ago – seem to loom over the events? Are we reading a whodunnit where the ‘who’ is revealed at the very start, leaving us with an intriguing whydunnit and howdunnit? Or is Nadel playing a deeper game with the reader, a deliberate misdirection designed to lead us away from the real answers to the clues with which she peppers the narrative…? Is the solution to the mystery in plain sight? Read the book and find out.
Another review on here describes this book as a contender for crime novel of the year. I couldn’t agree more.
I've read all her Turkish novels, and couple of the UK ones as well, all are worth reading. The historical background of the current Turkey is touched on, eg the expulsion of Jews from the Iberian peninsula & their welcome in Ottoman Turkey.
Again another novel with a great story which can be read & enjoyed on it own but even better if you have read the whole series, which must be about seventeen by now.
I hesitate to stress the outstanding background knowledge which informs all the actions in all her novels, not wanting to give the impression that they are pious or worthy. They're not, but they are very readable. All, including this one, are a great read, why they are better known, is a mystery to me. It's about time her publisher & / or Amazon present the whole series & promoted them.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've read every book in the Ikmen series but this one has to be my last favourite. I found the plot far fetched, the characters clichéd, and too much time was spent... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Graham
I really enjoyed this novel - easy to read, interesting characters that I found I cared about, and a really good plot.Published on 13 Mar. 2015 by Pam Croft
Oh dear, I usually love this highly unusual series but felt this one was a bit of a mess. Based in the famous Istanbul hotel, the Pera Palas, a hotel beloved by Agatha Christie... Read morePublished on 17 Jan. 2015 by Kindle Customer
Always love Nadel's wonderful stories set in Turkey and occasionally elsewhere!Published on 2 Dec. 2014 by Book lover
just very boring to read .I had difficulty in finishing it.Published on 28 Oct. 2014 by Mrs J. Sarguroh
Not as good as the books set in Istanbul , but now that they seem to have been pensioned off I shall have to start reading them again from the begining.Published on 17 Aug. 2014 by Mrs. L. C. Dowd
An intriguing read with lots of twists and turns right up to the end
An intriguing read that had twists and turns right up to the end
There is no multi layered plot in this book, just one gripping, intriguing tale. Krikor Sarkissian's murder mystery fundraiser is hijacked by men with Kalashnikovs and unless Ikmen... Read morePublished on 9 Feb. 2014 by Elaine Tomasso