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When Jason Goodwin explored the Ottoman Empire in Lords of the Horizons, The New York Times Book Review hailed it as "a work of dazzling beauty…the rare coming together of historical scholarship…with luminous writing." Now he returns to Istanbul, with a delicious mystery--The Janissary Tree.
It is 1836. Europe is modernizing, and the Ottoman Empire must follow suit. But just before the Sultan announces sweeping changes, a wave of murders threatens the fragile balance of power in his court. Who is behind them? Only one intelligence agent can be trusted to find out: Yashim Lastname, a man both brilliant and near-invisible in this world. You see, Yashim is a eunuch.
He leads us into the palace's luxurious seraglios and Istanbul's teeming streets, and leans on the wisdom of a dyspeptic Polish ambassador, a transsexual dancer, and a Creole-born queen mother. And he introduces us to the Janissaries. For 400 years, they were the empire's elite soldiers, but they grew too powerful, and ten years ago, the Sultan had them crushed. Are the Janissaries staging a brutal comeback?
The Janissary Tree is the first in a series featuring the most enchanting detective since Precious Ramotswe of The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency. Splendidly paced and illuminating, it belongs beside Caleb Carr's The Alienist and the historical thrillers of Arturo Perez-Reverte.
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Goodwin, the author of a well-received history of the Ottoman Empire, Lords of the Horizons (1999), makes a welcome shift to fiction with this impressive first of a new mystery series set in the empire's declining decades.| Read Full Review of The Janissary Tree: A Novel
This is Istanbul under the faltering Ottoman empire - the janissaries have been suppressed and the sultan is truly in control - or at least as much in control as any one man at the centre of an intrigue-ridden palace, in a fading empire - which has just lost the Crimea to the Russian, can be.Jun 29 2008 | Read Full Review of The Janissary Tree: A Novel
Can he use his knowledge of the historical city, his guile, his unique position on the edge of society, and threads of an ancient poem left for no real reason by the baddies on the titular tree, and avert the threat to the city?.Dec 07 2014 | Read Full Review of The Janissary Tree: A Novel
Once the Ottoman Empire's crack troops, the Janissaries have now degenerated - or evolved – into an armed mafia, terrorizing the sultans, fire razing, thieving and exhorting with impunity.Jul 10 2015 | Read Full Review of The Janissary Tree: A Novel
I can understand that Goodwin might want to make use of this status to enable Yashim to enter freely into the harem, a place he appears to know quite intimately.Jan 01 2015 | Read Full Review of The Janissary Tree: A Novel
Sounds like great combination or a great story.Mar 15 2010 | Read Full Review of The Janissary Tree: A Novel
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