By Jason Goodwin

Detective. Polyglot. Chef. Eunuch.

Investigator Yashim Returns during this Edgar® Award-Winning Series

Istanbul, 1840: the younger sultan Abdülmecid believes that Gentile Bellini's vanished masterpiece, a portrait of Mehmet the Conqueror, can have resurfaced in Venice. yet it isn't Yashim, our eunuch detective, who takes a boat around the Mediterranean. as an alternative, it truly is his Polish ambassador pal, Palewski, disguised as an American artwork dealer.

What starts off as an easy inquiry quickly becomes a murderous online game of deception and suspense, performed out one of the light palazzi and slow canals of the decaying urban. buyers, forgers, and aristocrats develop into fatally concerned, because the look for the Bellini portrait uncovers a probability to the steadiness of the Ottoman throne, and the peace of Europe.

The Paperback variation comprises an writer Interview, Bonus Inspector Yashim Recipe, and an Excerpt from the following Inspector Yashim secret, An Evil Eye

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I—” The little guy wagged his finger. “I understand, i do know. A pensione break-fast—a little roll, a watery espresso, e basta! Come. i'll convey you ways a guy should still devour during this urban. ” He made a dive. “Your hat. Your cane. My gondola is down less than. we will visit the Rialto. Like Shakespeare. Come. ” Palewski had followed the nature of an American, yet he was once now not a morning individual. somewhat dazed by way of the fellow’s torrent of phrases and exuberance, he took his hat and cane and downstairs to Ruggerio’s boat. all of the solution to the Rialto Bridge, seated contrary him at the gondola, Ruggerio radiated strong nature and camaraderie, sprinkled with records, old gossip, and a bit sightseeing details. The gondolier, at his bidding, sang a number of verses of an outdated music as he rowed them up the Grand Canal. “He sings of a woman,” Ruggerio defined, rather superfluously because it looked as if it would Palewski, who intended such a lot songs have been approximately ladies. “She is the Queen of Cyprus, Caterina—we will see her photograph later. by way of Bellini. no longer a stunning girl, yet an exceptional one. And the portray is a gem of the Renaissance. ” Palewski had begun on the point out of Bellini. He desired to converse, yet his new buddy used to be already gesturing out of the window. “Palazzo Mocenigo. Byron lived right here. Ah, that was once a guy. I knew him. ” Palewski raised an eyebrow, and Ruggerio publish a hand. “I am older than you think—but Byron and that i, we have been either younger in these days. We swam jointly many, repeatedly. right here, within the Grand Canal. My associates say to me—you are loopy, like Byron! probably. What a stunning guy. ” He whipped out a silk handkerchief and trumpeted into it, then tucked it again into his sleeve. “Every palazzo tells a story, Signor Brett. yet you want to be aware of the place to start. it truly is my excitement. we'll have a beautiful day. And your lodging, too. we are going to see to that. How lengthy will you stick with us? ” Palewski was once becoming used to Ruggerio’s unexpected adjustments of tack. “A few weeks. A month. ” Ruggerio closed his eyes and his arms swam ahead of him in ecstasy. “A month! ” He echoed, emphatically. “In los angeles Serenissima, a month is sort of a day. yet we will be able to see everything,” he further rapidly. “In a month, you are going to virtually be a Venetian your self. ” He laughed. “And right here we are—breakfast! ” The gondola glided in among poles sunk within the water. Ruggerio passed Palewski out onto the pontoon, then sprang up after him. He bent a bit nearer. “Signor Brett, a small tip to the gondolier if you happen to imagine it'd be appropriate—he has sung, and he might savor it. No, no, 5 is just too much—I will provide him 3. Already you spot i'm able to give you a few service—to defend the blameless vacationer, ha ha! ” He driven his approach eagerly into the industry throng, Palewski in his wake. at times Ruggerio might flip round to examine that his new American buddy was once following as they weaved among the stalls, dodging porters clattering their trolleys around the cobbles, slipping alongside the arcades until eventually Ruggerio stopped outdoors a small café and bowed. “My viewers are constantly satisfied here,” he guaranteed Palewski.

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