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Deadline (Inspector Ikmen Mystery 15) (Inspector Ikmen Mysteries) Hardcover – 3 Jan 2013

3.9 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews

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  • 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)
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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)

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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' Daily Telegraph

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Inspector Ikmen is, in my opinion, one of the very best of all the fictional detectives. Barbara Nadel's latest Ikmen mystery is a true must read for fans of crime fiction. All the local colour associated with this series is here and as always the characters are beautifully drawn. The plot is ingenious and involves a mystery within a mystery! To find out more you'll have to read the book! This is an early contender for the best crime novel of the year.
Like all the novels of this series "Deadline" would work brilliantly as a TV mini-series.
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First the good points: the story is back in Istanbul. Ikmen and co are so much better in their natural environment. Nadel obviously knows Istanbul very well, and this comes through in all her novels in this series. There was a good tie-in with one of the early Ikmen stories too. It was good to meet again so many of the familiar ploice team.
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.
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I was very much looking forward to the new 'Inspector Ikmen' novel but sadly I found it disappointing. The plot was ok but on the other side a bit far fetched.
What about some family update on the main characters? That was completely missing.
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Oh, this is clever – clever, compelling and very, very good. The story of a breathless thirteen hours in Istanbul’s magnificent Pera Palas hotel, where a fundraising murder-mystery evening is suddenly overwhelmed by gory reality, this is the best episode of the (never less than thoroughly entertaining) Inspector Ikmen series for quite some time.

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.
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I don't know which I love better - the adventures of Istanbul's Inspector Ikmen or the doings of his ensemble cast of deranged characters. This novel is set in the beautiful Pera Palace Hotel in the European quarter of old Istanbul, and takes place in only a few action-packed hours. Hostages in crisis (or worse), old criminals re-emerging, the never-ending romantic conflicts of Ikmen's no-longer-so-young female sergeant, tragic reminiscences, jealousy conflicting with duty, transsexual heroines - all vie for the stage as they play out their roles surrounded by the old hotel's shades from bygone times,including that of Agatha Christie, in whose old room a typically ghastly Nadel murder occurs. Ikmen himself is left in deadly suspense at one point, at risk of plunging many meters down into the hotel's glass and iron heart. (In one of her Hancock series' books,Ashes to Ashes, Nadel also puts all the action into one night, this time in St. Paul's Cathedral during the Blitz. She definitely has a knack for it.) The only potentially bad news in this book is the strong possibility that Ikman may retire after this particularly strenuous adventure; he seems to finally acknowledge that he isn't getting any younger, or healthier, and that he risks his rather fragile life entirely too often. I sincerely hope Ms Nadel makes him reconsider: I need to know what happens to the entire cast of characters first, and whether all of Ikmen's remaining children make it to University.
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Well I finished it just to find out what happened but a real struggle, not one of Nadel's best. Very far-fetched dark but limited plot heavily dependent on evil and sadness. Again I wondered if the Nadel books are being written by a consortium because there is just so much variation in quality between these novels.
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Another in the Istanbul detective series & again a great read.
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.
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