Deep Waters

Deep Waters

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A man's body, virtually decapitated, is found by the Bosphorus. His identity card names him as Rifat Berisha, an Albanian. The family is impenetrable but when Inspector Cetin Ikmen, whose mother was Albanian, consults his cousin, Samsun, he's left in little doubt that Berisha's death is likely to be the result of a fis, an implacable blood feud between rival Albanian families. Which means the blood already shed will have to be avenged. And if the Berishas or their enemies discover Ikmen is from a noted Albanian clan, some of the spilt blood might be more

Product details

  • Paperback | 448 pages
  • 110 x 178 x 28mm | 240.4g
  • Headline Publishing Group
  • Headline Book Publishing
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New
  • None
  • 0747267197
  • 9780747267195
  • 180,203

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Mixing Ikmen's police work with parapsychology, blood and intuition makes for a read that is as riveting as it is undeniably disturbing Good Book Guide Intelligent and captivating...recalls Michael Dibdin's Aurelio Zen Sunday Times It's the characters more than the mystery which makes this series so fascinating Sunday Telegraphshow more

About Barbara Nadel

Trained as an actress, Barbara Nadel used to work in mental health services. Born in the East End of London, she now writes full time and has been a visitor to Turkey for over twenty years. She received the Crime Writers' Association Silver Dagger for her novel DEADLY WEB, and the Swedish Flintax Prize for historical crime fiction for her first Francis Hancock novel, LAST RIGHTS. To find out more, follow Barbara on Twitter @BarbaraNadel or visit her website www.barbara-nadel.comshow more

Review Text

Set in present-day Istanbul, this is a down-to-earth police thriller, but vampires, ghosts and swirling fogs stalk its pages. The author is a psychologist and counsellor and a regular visitor to Turkey, and her preoccupations show clearly in the story she tells. When Rifat Berisha, a young Albanian man, is found gorily murdered in Istanbul, the police assume he is the victim of traditional enmity. The young man's family is in fis - a blood feud - with another Albanian family in the city. At first this seems to simplify matters and point to an obvious killer, but there are other factors at work. Berisha had unsavoury connections: a Turkish gangster, his deranged young son and his grotesquely disfigured daughter. Then the police learn that the murder victim has recently had a kidney removed, and is the owner of an expensive motor car he could not have afforded to buy. The chief investigating officer is himself half-Albanian. His obsession with his own family history - fuelled by some mystifying and vindictive words from Rifat Berisha's mother - comes to cloud his view of events. To begin with this is an uphill read of a book. The main stumbling block is the Turkish names, unfamiliar in script and difficult to pronounce, which give the book an exotic feel but slow down the pace of the story. But it is worth persevering. The mixture of routine police work with parapsychology, blood and intuition is an intriguing one. The action culminates in a nail-biting confrontation in a disused church, where sanity gives way to ancient horrors and arcane beliefs and the outcome is as inevitable as it is disturbing. (Kirkus UK)show more