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Critical Praise

"A triumph of the first order."



"In this engaging novel, the reader is treated to a history lesson about the Ottoman Empire of the nineteenth century, a travelogue that brings the ancient city of Istanbul to life and a spellbinding story all in one… This novel will keep you engrossed from start to finish."

The Roanoke Times

"An unusual, exotic historical mystery that reads like literature and moves like a thriller."

George Pelecanos, author of The Night Gardener