Belshazzar's Daughter (Cetin Ikmen Series, Book 1) by Barbara Nadel

By Barbara Nadel

While a brutal homicide shocks Istanbul's rundown Jewish area, the Turkish police strength unleashes their most sensible weapon - the chain-smoking, brandy-swilling Inspector Cetin Ikmen, husband to a strict Muslim girl (who disapproves of his ingesting) and loving father of 8 (with one other at the way). With a colourful, multi-layered atmosphere and a scrumptious labyrinthine plot, Barbara Nadel's Belshazzar's Daughter is a beautiful and evocative crime debut, and Inspector Ikmen would certainly sign up for the ranks of cherished international law enforcement officials Aureilo Zen and Guido Brunetti.

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But they asked us to meet them here," Ndula said. "Then they're probably skulking around the yard. Try their workshop. " The two Nandans hurried across the yard to the outdoor workshop. They found it deserted. " MacKenzie exclaimed. " Ndula said, listening. A low thumping seemed to come from somewhere nearby. A metallic thumping and clanging, and a muffled sound grunts. " Ndula cried. " They ran to the opening of the big pipe and peered in. Bob and Pete lay bound and stuffed into the pipe! The two Nandans reached in and hauled them out, Page 50 28_-_The_Mystery_Of_The_Deadly_Double quickly removing their bonds and the gags in their mouths.

Page 47 28_-_The_Mystery_Of_The_Deadly_Double "We spotted MacKenzie and Ndula," Fred added with a grin. "When the boys joined them, we knew you'd lead us to Ian sooner or later. It was child's play to mingle with all the customers who come into this junkyard. " Pete raged. "Across the street? Yes, that was a near thing," Walt agreed. "But no harm done. " The two kidnappers were standing with their backs to a massive mound of junk, which was close behind them. Bob glanced quickly towards Jupiter.

My stars! " Aunt Mathilda boomed. "No, ma'am," Jupiter said, and sighed. He had slept little, awakened early, and had lain in bed in the cool dawn Page 30 28_-_The_Mystery_Of_The_Deadly_Double wondering if Pete was perhaps right this time. He had found a whole book about Nanda in the library, had checked it out, and had spent half the night reading it in Headquarters. It had added nothing important that he could see to the names and places MacKenzie and Ndula had given the Investigators. "What about some bacon?

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