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Publisher Description

A killer with means but no motive, and the body count is rising...

Love and greed make a deadly combination in the riveting ninth crime novel in Barbara Nadel's Inspector Ikmen series. A Passion for Killing is the perfect read for fans of Adrian Magson and Donna Leon.

'Nadel's novels take in all of Istanbul - the mysterious, the beautiful, the hidden, the banal... Fascinating' - Scotland on Sunday

A serial killer is stalking the streets of Istanbul, seemingly targeting gay men. A man is found dead in a hotel room, a single stab wound in his heart. Could he be a victim of the 'Peeper'?

Inspector Mehmet Suleyman is assigned to the case, and is shocked to discover that the victim's body has been delivered to forensics entirely 'clean'. Has someone tampered with vital evidence? Meanwhile a young carpet dealer, on the brink of a huge sale, is discovered in the mangled remains of his Jeep, a bullet between his shoulder blades. The deal would have made him - the carpet he wanted to sell used to belong to Lawrence of Arabia. Did the young salesman know too much? Inspectors Cetin Ikmen and Suleyman uncover an incredible story and quickly realise that behind even the most respectable facade lurk passion, savagery and madness...

What readers are saying about A Passion for Killing:

'A well-plotted thriller with a large cast of regular characters with whom you can empathise with'

'Great page turner'

'This doesn't fail to keep up the pace and intrigue found in the others [from the Inspector Ikmen series]'

Mysteries & Thrillers
May 6
Hachette Digital, Inc.

Customer Reviews

Kargalou ,


The Inspector Ikmen mysteries comprise one of the most satisfying series I have read. Not only are the mysteries compelling, but the characters are interesting and complex, developing as the series progresses. The books are loaded with details about Istanbul and Turkish history; I always learn something.

Harem is populated with crime families, modern day odalisques, and political leaders with a lot to lose. The fifth book in the series, it moves the reader from purely local concerns to a world of international conspiracies and crimes. I can't wait to see where we go next.

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