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An Evil Eye (Yashim the Eunuch, Book 4) by Jason Goodwin

By Jason Goodwin

From the Edgar® Award–winning writer of The Janissary Tree comes the fourth and so much beautiful Investigator Yashim secret yet!

It takes a author of prodigious abilities to conjure the Istanbul of the Ottoman Empire in all its majesty. In 3 prior novels, Jason Goodwin has taken us on fashionable, suspenseful, and colourful tours into its unique territory. Now, in An Evil Eye, the secret of Istanbul runs deeper than ever before.

It's 1839, and the admiral of the Ottoman fleet has defected to the Egyptians. It's as much as the intrepid Investigator Yashim to discover the man's reasons. after all, Fevzi Ahmet isn't any stranger to Yashim—it used to be Fevzi who taught the investigator his craft years in the past. He's the single guy whom Yashim has ever actually feared: ruthless, merciless, and unswervingly dependable to the sultan. So what can have led Yashim's former mentor to betray the Ottoman Empire?

Yashim's seek attracts him into the sultan's seraglio, a well-appointed international with an undercurrent of worry, ambition, and deep-seated superstition. while the ladies of the sultan's orchestra start inexplicably to develop unwell and die, Yashim discovers that the admiral's defection should be rooted someplace within the torturous strictures of the sultan's harem.

No one understands extra in regards to the Ottoman Empire and Istanbul than Jason Goodwin, of whom Janet Maslin wrote in The ny Times: "Mr. Goodwin makes use of wealthy historic aspect to raise the books during this series... some distance above the area of daily sleuthing."

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We’ll cross that bridge together when he gets home. ” She paused and gazed into the distance, as if marshalling her next words together. “Cecilia is not Edgar Soames’s child. ” She grasped her sister-inlaw’s hands. “I am going to tell you a most amazing story. ” So, as Melanie sat speechless, Emily told her the story of the unusual man, George Brown. The paper company had brought him in, she said, to break the loggers’ strike of ’59. She knew these facts because she had overheard Edgar Soames and George Brown in conversation.

During one of those calls, he informed me that he’d married Emily. ” That was how he put it. I didn’t probe because I did not want to know. He called me at the beginning of summer, 1965. I happened to be home at the time – between jobs. I was going out in the field less and less these days. The years pile up on a man, times change. “George,” he said into the telephone. “I’m dying, George. ” So I went. I went for Edgar, but I went with hope in my heart knowing that Emily would be there. I was smarter this time.

By the time he was ten, it had climbed to fifty, and on through the years it rose each Christmas, until his eighteenth birthday, when his grandparents gave him a new car, a 1979 Plymouth Roadrunner. Junior had the opportunity to pick it out himself. He loved that marvellous car. Junior always noted disapproval on his parents’ faces when the older couple gifted their grandson. There was something else, too. Walt seemed jealous of the attention bestowed on his son. Over the years, during Christmas visits that barely lasted an hour, the adults never exchanged gifts or shared a meal.

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