A tense thriller about the return of an investigative journalist to Istanbul from America, the scene of Jeannie's teenage love affair with Sinan, a Turkish boy, as well as the place of operation of her father, a CIA agent. Jeannie is forced to confront her past when Sinan's wife asks her for help to regain her son, taken away from her by the American authorities when Sinan is arrested trying to enter the United States, A gripping novel involving a retired secret service informer, a msyterious 'trunk' murder, and a group of radical young students in a volatile political climate, in a Turkey where everyone is a suspect and noone is who they say they are.
At the start of Freely s complex, often riveting novel set in contemporary and Cold War Turkey, a journalist known only as Miss M returns to Istanbul in 2005 after a long absence at the request of Jeannie Wakefield, whose father, William, was an American spy. Jeannie hopes that Miss M will write an article to help her husband, once Miss M s lover, who s been detained in the United States and sent to Guant namo. A few months later, Jeannie disappears, leaving behind a long letter detailing events from the 1960s. The main narrative threads extracts from Jeannie s letter; Miss M s memories of Istanbul from that same period and her present-day account of investigating Jeannie s long-ago indoctrination into a Communist cell, which was at one point charged with the infamous but possibly apocryphal Trunk Murder interweave toward a quietly stunning conclusion. Both mystery/thriller and mainstream literary readers will be well rewarded. Freely is the English translator of Nobel Prize winner Orhan Pamuk s novel, Snow.