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Deep Waters (Inspector Ikmen Mysteries) Mass Market Paperback – July 1, 2002

4.3 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
Book 4 of 14 in the Cetin Ikmen Series

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It's the characters more than the mystery which makes this series so fascinating―Sunday Telegraph

Intelligent and captivating...recalls Michael Dibdin's Aurelio Zen―Sunday Times

About the Author

Trained as an actress, Barbara Nadel is now a public relations officer for the National Schizophrenia Fellowship's Good Companions Service. Born in the East End of London, she has been a regular visitor to Turkey for over twenty years.
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Product Details

  • Series: Inspector Ikmen Mysteries
  • Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Headline; New edition (July 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747267197
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747267195
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 1 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,013,015 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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DEEP WATERS is a complicated, fascinating story of murder, revenge, and madness set in contemporary Istanbul, where people are still affected, not to mention haunted, by the 1999 earthquake. Inspector Ikmen and his team of police officers are investigating the murder of a young Albanian man and stumble into an ongoing blood feud. The solution seems obvious, but there are too many unanswered questions, including why the dead man has apparently donated a kidney to someone recently. While Ikmen-- married and with nine children-- struggles with his own past and present, including whether his mother was herself a victim of a blood feud, he follows the ever more complex trail of the murder case, which ends in a completely unexpected way. The story is rich with interesting and human characters and subplots, including Ikmen's transsexual cousin Samsun, who used to be Mustafa, and the city and Turkish life come alive on each page. The names are a challenge, but not too much more than the Swedish names in a Martin Beck mystery novel.
In fact, although the author is touted as the Donna Leon of Turkey, I think her hero is more reminiscent of Sjoewall and Wahloo's Martin Beck than of Leon's Guido Brunetti. Either way, the novel is a good read, and I'm looking forward to reading others by the same author.
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If you love Istanbul, then you will enjoy Nadel's crime series, featuring experienced, perhaps somewhat jaded, police officer Cetin Ikmen. This story is well-paced and plotted, and muses on some interesting aspects of Turkish culture and history and contemporary mores.
You don't have to be a Turkophile to love the setting, but those who are will be especially delighted.
Sometimes Nadel is compared to Donna Leon. The settings for their crime stories are as much stars as the people. In that sense, both are equally successful. Both detectives also have family relationships with their wives and children which are brought to life and have a bearing on the stories. Both detectives also have internal conversations which are thoughtful and humane.
I believe if you enjoy Leon, you will also enjoy Nadel, though both are distinctive writers able to bring their characters and places to life.
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I read this book with great enjoyment. Not just the characters but to live again in Istanbul and remember what it was like when I was there. My father was the British Consul in Istanbul years ago.
Nadel writes beautifully. I am in the midst of rereading all her books for the beauty of her writing. Deep Waters is a surprise and full of ethnic intrigue. History beyond belief. A worthy read.
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This book was interesting in that it described the blood feuds that seem endemic in Albania and occasionally find their way to Turkey, but otherwise, Nadel didn't succeed too well on this book. It was slow-moving, crammed with too many characters and it just seemed to drift. Also, as the publishers like to call her a Turkish Donna Leon, her books lack the character and "feel" for Istanbul that Leone brings to Venice. All in all, a disappointment.
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This is my fourth Inspector Ikmen novel. The characters are greatly developed and the stories weave historical references and plots as well as Istanbul locations and colorful detail. I live in Istanbul so I know many of the places and the history. Barbara Nedal knows the city and the ancient and modern history well. I've already got book 5 to start right away.
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