“Kemal Kayankaya is the ultimate outsider among hard-boiled private eyes.”—Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times
When a Turkish laborer is stabbed to death in Frankfurt’s red light district, the local police see no need to work over-time. But wisecracking private detective Kemel Kayankaya, a Turkish immigrant himself, smells a rat. The dead man wasn’t the kind of guy who spent time with prostitutes. What gives?
The deeper he digs, the more Kayankaya finds that the victim was a good guy, a poor immigrant just trying to look out for his family. So who wanted him dead, and why? On the way to finding out, Kayankaya has run-ins with prostitutes and drug addicts, gets beaten up by anonymous thugs, survives a gas attack, and suffers several close encounters with a Fiat.
And then there’s the police cover-up he stumbles upon…
”A worthy grandson of Marlowe and Spade.” —Der Stern
”Jakob Arjouni writes the best urban thrillers since Raymond Chandler.” —Tempo
”Pitch-black noir.” —La Depeche
”A genuine storyteller who beguiles his readers without the need of tricks.” —L’Unita
PRAISE FOR KISMET
”This lively, gripping book sets a high standard for the crime novel as the best of modern literature.” —The Independent
”If you like your investigators tough and sassy, Kayankaya is your guide.” —Sunday Times of London
PRAISE FOR ONE MAN, ONE MURDER
”A zippy, deliciously dirty tour of legal fleshpots and low-down scams victimizing illegal aliens…Plotted with verve and written with passion.” —Kirkus
”Sets a high standard for the crime novel as the best of modern literature.” —The Independent
PRAISE FOR MORE BEER
”This is true hardboiled detective fiction, realistic, violent and occasionally funny, with a hero who lives up to the best traditions of the genre.” —The Telegraph