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Critical Praise

"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

"A triumph of the first order."



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

George Pelecanos, author of The Night Gardener