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Pashazade by Jon Courtenay Grimwood
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Pashazade

by Jon Courtenay Grimwood (Author)

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Series: Arabesk (The First Arabesk)

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Loved it. Part 1 of the Arabesk trilogy. Speculative fiction set in a vastly different reality where the Ottoman Empire rules the world. Fast, furious and elegant fun. ( )
  clstaff | Nov 20, 2011 |
If you think that murder mysteries need vicars or tortuous plots, where the last chapter reveals all then put the kettle and I’ll finish before you come back. But if you are open to Chandler film-noir stories please stay as this review is for you.

The context is an alternative future where the 1st world war ended early so the Ottoman Empire is modernised rather then dismembered. Aristocrats still have political and social power within a liberal monarchy. Think of Jordon being the norm throughout the Middle East and North Africa.

This is by way of back-story as real focus is the arrival from an American Jail, of Asref Bey in El Iskandryia(Alexandria in our timeline) summoned by his Aunt who is a mover and shaker in the local politics to marry a cousin he has never met. His refusal and the death of his Aunt soon have him fighting for his life in a world he struggles to understand. Intertwined with this story are flashbacks to why he is confused about his past and future.

The story is plot not character driven but the setting makes for freshness to a familiar story. Given my interest in history and politics, I found it difficult to see why this society has more advanced technology then our timeline but that’s a Geek thing.

Anyway, the kettle is boiled and the tea-tray is on the way so let’s go before we have to find out what Professor Plum did in the Library.
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1 vote ablueidol | Jul 13, 2008 |
An ex-low level triad involved gangster ends up back in his native Arabic city, that is pro free trade and a little more cosmopolitan than your usual Islamic joint, not that that is saying much, and he has high caste status.

His aunt has been murdered, he is a suspect, and he was to work out what is going on.

Something of an alternate reasonably near future novel - people have phones in their watches with ear pieces, and the protagonist appears to possibly have cybernetic implants. His niece has a fancy robot dog.

Genetic anti-aging treatments are mentioned in passing, that sort of thing.

It is ok, not enough to make me want to read more I think. It gives some of the flavour of Budayeen, and a touch of Neuromancer, but doesn't appeal as much as either of those.

http://notfreesf.blogspot.com/2006/12/pashazade-jon-courtenay-grimwood.html ( )
  bluetyson | Jan 9, 2008 |
An ex-low level triad involved gangster ends up back in his native Arabic city, that is pro free trade and a little more cosmopolitan than your usual Islamic joint, not that that is saying much, and he has high caste status.

His aunt has been murdered, he is a suspect, and he was to work out what is going on.

Something of an alternate reasonably near future novel - people have phones in their watches with ear pieces, and the protagonist appears to possibly have cybernetic implants. His niece has a fancy robot dog.

Genetic anti-aging treatments are mentioned in passing, that sort of thing.

It is ok, not enough to make me want to read more I think. It gives some of the flavour of Budayeen, and a touch of Neuromancer, but doesn't appeal as much as either of those.

http://notfreesf.blogspot.com/2006/12/pashazade-jon-courtenay-grimwood.html ( )
  bluetyson | Jan 9, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0553587439, Paperback)

Part mystery, part speculative fiction, and wholly unforgettable, Jon Courtenay Grimwood’s celebrated Arabesk series portrays the dark, hard-boiled story of a man out to prove his innocence in an alternate world where the facts aren’t always the same as the truth . . . and murder isn’t the worst that can happen.

It’s a twenty-first century hauntingly familiar—and yet startlingly different from our own. Here the United States brokered a deal that ended World War I, and the Ottoman Empire never collapsed. And lording it over all sits the complex, seductive, and bloodthirsty North African metropolis of El Iskandryia. Almost nothing is what it seems to be in El Isk, and Ashraf Bey is no exception.

Neither the rich Ottoman aristocrat everyone thinks he is, nor the minor street criminal once shipped off to prison when he fell foul of his Chinese Triad employers–the fact is that Raf has as little idea who he is as anyone else.

With few clues and no money, all Raf has is a surname hinting at noble heritage and an arranged marriage to a woman who hates him. But nothing Ashraf al Mansur learns about himself is as unexpected—or as terrifying—as the brutal murder he’s accused of committing. Now, as a hunted man with the welfare of a precocious young girl in his irresponsible hands, Raf must race after a killer through an unforgiving city as foreign to him as the truth he'll uncover about himself.

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"It's a twenty-first century hauntingly familiar - and yet startlingly different from our own. Here the United States brokered a deal that ended World War I, and the Ottoman Empire never collapsed. And lording it over all sits the complex, seductive, and bloodthirsty North African metropolis of El Iskandryia. Almost nothing is what it seems to be in El Isk, and Ashraf Bey is no exception." "Neither the rich Ottoman aristocrat everyone thinks he is, nor the minor street criminal once shipped off to prison when he fell foul of his Chinese Triad employers - the fact is that Raf has as little idea who he is as anyone else." "With few clues and no money, all Raf has is a surname hinting at noble heritage and an arranged marriage to a woman who hates him. But nothing Ashraf al Mansur learns about himself is as unexpected - or as terrifying - as the brutal murder he's accused of committing. Now, as a hunted man with the welfare of a precocious young girl in his irresponsible hands, Raf must race after a killer through an unforgiving city as foreign to him as the truth he'll uncover about himself."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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