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Petrified (2004)

by Barbara Nadel

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The twins of a well known Turkish artist disappear and Cetin Ikmen gets bad vibes from the very beginning. Nothing feels or sounds right from the stories of the parents to the results of the door to door searches. His instincts are usually correct. This artist is bizarre in any case Ikman is one of those people who believes that you should like art and this artist is one who believes that art is a statement even if you don't know what the statement is or if it makes you sick. To Ikman though finding the children is paramount, to the artist maybe not so much. ( )
  Condorena | Apr 2, 2013 |
Have you ever thought of traveling abroad by reading mysteries? The detectives are all dedicated, but the procedures are different, the culture is different, the crimes are not quite the same, because crimes relate to culture, like everything we do.
Barbara Nadel novels are an excellent introduction to Turkey. Inspector Ikmen in this book is a bit overwhelmed by family problems, friends problems, and a series of crimes that are utterly mad and disgusting, but he will follow this to the bitter end. In the meantime, you will be moving in the streets of Istambul like it is your town.
  claude_lambert | Aug 23, 2011 |
sick writing ( )
  gandara | Sep 18, 2008 |
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Summer in Istanbul is hot. The kind of heat that drives even the sanest of people to act a little strangely and, for Cetin Ikmen, this summer is no different...
An elderly woman is found dead in a flat with the perfectly preserved body of a young man. In an ancient part of the Jewish quarter, two children are missing. Their father, an artist whose genius borders on insanity, only seems more driven in his work. And a raid on a Russian gangster yields nothing except the dead body of a girl he claims is his daughter. Could the connection to all cases lie in a macabre forgotten art?
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An elderly woman is found dead in a flat with the perfectly preserved body of a young man. In an ancient part of the Jewish quarter, two children are missing. Their father, an artist whose genius borders on insanity, only seems more driven in his work. And a raid on a Russian gangster yields nothing except the dead body of a girl he claims is his daughter. Could the connection to all cases lie in a macabre forgotten art? But Inspector Cetin Ikmen's worries aren't just work-related. His prot‚eg‚e, Suleyman, is going dangerously off the rails, threatening to compromise not just himself but months of painstaking investigation. Ikmen faces a complex case which threatens to rock the very fabric of Turkish society.… (more)

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