Item description for Belshazzar's Daughter (Felony & Mayhem Mysteries) (Inspector Ikmen Mysteries) by Barbara Nadel...
Tourist brochures present Instanbul as a glamorous, modern city, but the brochures don't make much mention of Balat, a decrepit neighborhood of narrow, twisting alleys and crumbling tenements. Until recently it was home to Leonid Meyer, a reclusive elderly Jew who, like many of his neighbors, came here long ago to escape one of Europe's various bloodbaths. But Meyer's refuge ultimately became his coffin, the carnage crowned with a gigantic swastika. A racit murder? Inspector Ikmen has his doubts, and begins tracking down the few people who might have known the old man, including a faded prostitute, a shadowy family of Russian emigres, a dispairing rabbi, and a high-strung young Englishman in the throes of erotic obsession. The first in a stunningly atmospheric new series from a writer who has deservedly been compared with Michael Dibdin and Donna Leon.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1" Width: 5.25" Height: 7.25" Weight: 1.05 lbs.
Release Date Oct 15, 2006
Publisher Felony & Mayhem
ISBN 1933397497 ISBN13 9781933397498
Availability 0 units.
More About Barbara Nadel
Barbara A. Nadel, FAIA, principal of Barbara Nadel Architect, specializes in planning and design of justice, healthcare, and institutional facilities. As an accomplished practitioner and journalist, Ms. Nadel's work on design, security, technology, and business has appeared in over 100 publications, including "Architectural Record, Engineering News Record, " and "Time Saver Standards for Building Types." She has been interviewed and quoted in many publications and media outlets, including "The New York Times, " Fox News Channel, "The Wall Street Journal, Newsday, La Libre Belgique, " and others.
Well known in the architecture, design, and construction industry, Ms. Nadel was national 2001 Vice President of the American Institute of Architects, served twice on the national AIA Board of Directors, chaired the AIA Advertising Committee (responsible for creating a multimillion dollar print and radio advertising campaign), and chaired the AIA Committee on Architecture for Justice. She has received honor awards for outstanding leadership, service, and impact on the architectural profession.
Ms. Nadel is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design (Bachelor of Architecture, Bachelor of Fine Arts) and the State University of New York at Binghamton (Bachelor of Arts, Pre-Architecture). She has taught design and is a frequent guest lecturer and design award juror.
Reviews - What do customers think about Belshazzar's Daughter (Felony & Mayhem Mysteries) (Inspector Ikmen Mysteries)?
Barbara Nadel does not deliver the goods Jan 31, 2008
Frankly, I felt like tossing the book across the room when I came to the dénouement. Another reviewer has aptly called the resolution of the mystery "groan inducing," but even that doesn't do justice to the sense of disappointment many mystery fans will have when they learn that after some excellent writing in the first three quarters of the book, Ms. Nadel simply can't provide a suitable conclusion. While the author excels in character development (especially of Inspector Ikmen, his family and colleagues), in weaving the atmosphere of Istanbul into the plot, and in building a sense of suspense and mystery, this just makes it all the more maddening when she presents her very messy solution. Although the publisher compares Ms. Nadel to Michael Dibdin (who wrote so many excellent mysteries set in Italy), the comparison is laughable. Dibdin's mysteries hang together from beginning to end, and I doubt that anyone ever felt they'd been had after finishing one of his books. Such is not the case here.
A great read! Dec 5, 2007
This is a great read. Interesting and unique. It's suppose to be entertaining not great literature. The main characters are worth getting to know and I was delighted to see that Ikmen shows up in subsequent books. Compared to some of the junk on the market Barbara Nadel is first rate.
Big Disappointment Dec 2, 2007
Granted this is a first effort but where were the editors? Having read positive items about this author, I expected better. At least 200 pages could have been cut and the book would be less boring, less convoluted and more interesting.
Quite simply--one of the worst books I've ever read! Mar 29, 2007
Disgusting, depraved people, a plot that was insulting (the tzar's daughter? oh, yeah!) and banal, cliched writing! I wish I could give it no stars.
The first of the Inspector Ikmen novels--promising great things to come Jun 5, 2006
Barbara Nadel's Ispector Ikmen mysteries set in Istanbul have been compared favorably to Donna Leon's Venice-set mysteries, but the Nadel series may actually be even superior given her superb use of characterization. Her first work in the series, BELSHAZZAR'S DAUGHTER, shows already her gifts at creating a good mystery and fine characters, but she takes everything a bit too far over the top--not only does the solution to the central crime (the murder of a Russian Jewish expatriate by buldgeoning and pouring acid down his throat, with a swastika painted on the nearby wall in his blood) tie directly to one of the most notorious historical crimes in early twentieth-century Europe, but Nadel also has to throw in Ikmen's cross-dressing precognitive cousin who scries the novel's overdramatic conclusion in a bowl of oil--it's just too much. But the great characters of the series are all already here, including Ikmen's handsome and mother-dominated colleague Suleiman, his perpetually pregnant wife Fatma, his pushy father, and the chainsmoking, brandy-swilling Ikmen himself, a superbly drawn detective figure. There are better Ikmen novels to come, but this is a very solid start to the series.