Starred review for An Evil Eye

Lovely to have a great review in Publisher’s Weekly – An Evil Eye is ‘masterful’, no less!

An Evil Eye
Jason Goodwin, FSG/Sarah Crichton, $26 (304p) ISBN 978-0-374-11040-6

Edgar-winner Goodwin’s masterful fourth mystery thriller set in Istanbul under the Ottoman Turks (after The Bellini Card) finds his series hero, the eunuch Yashim, attempting to navigate treacherous political shoals following the death of Sultan Mahmut II in 1840. International pressures heighten the uncertainty surrounding the empire’s direction under Mahmut’s youthful successor. In this tense climate, Yashim looks into the killing of an unknown man dumped in a Christian monastery’s cistern. A flap of skin cut from the body bearing a death’s-head brand, an item that someone tries to take from Yashim at gunpoint, may point to a Russian connection to the murder. While Goodwin excels at plotting, the book’s main strength lies in the assured depiction of a nation restrained by a corrupt leadership far removed from the old traditions of transparency and justice. The details of how Yashim prepares meals may amuse Robert Parker fans. (Apr.)

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0 thoughts on “Starred review for An Evil Eye

  1. George Holcomb

    I am glad to hear that you have a new Yashim novel. However, I live in NY and was disappointed that you are not touring with your book in our area. I have read all your books and have even tried some of the recipes. In Lords of the Horizon, you referenced Evliya Celebi quite often. I recently read an interesting article in Aramco Magazine about him and I thought you might like reading it. You can access it on line. I look forward to your new book.


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