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An Evil Eye

Yashim the Eunuch Series, Book 4
Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
Series: Yashim the Eunuch, Book 4
Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
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When the admiral of the Ottoman fleet defects to the Egyptians, Investigator Yashim attempts to uncover the man's motives. But Fevzi Pasha is no stranger to Yashim: it was Pasha, in fact, who taught the investigator his craft years ago. He is the only man whom Yashim has ever truly feared: ruthless, cruel, and unswervingly loyal to the sultan. What dark secret has led his former mentor to betray the Ottoman Empire?

Unraveling Pasha's curious history, Yashim is drawn ever deeper into the closed world of the sultan's seraglio, an intimate household populated by the young ruler's women, children, slaves, and eunuchs. It is a well-appointed world ruled by fear, ambition, and deep-seated superstitions - a lap of luxury where talented girls hold sway in the ladies' orchestra. But as the women of that orchestra inexplicably grow ill and die, Yashim discovers that his investigations into the admiral's defection have their roots in the torturous strictures of the sultan's harem, where every secret is sacred: a place where the normal rules are suspended, and where women can simply disappear.

©2010 Jason Goodwin (P)2011 Tantor

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"While Goodwin excels at plotting, the book's main strength lies in the assured depiction of a nation restrained by a corrupt leadership far removed from the old traditions of transparency and justice. The details of how Yashim prepares meals may amuse Robert Parker fans." ( Publishers Weekly)

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Wonderful

I gave read (or listened) to every book Jadon Goodwin has written, even one on the development of the American dollar. His style engaging, and in these mysteries I love his characters. I love them all. I want to drink with the Polish “ambassador”. I love the evocation of tome and place. Highly recommended

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  • Donna
  • Brighton, CO, United States
  • 09-19-16

yes, you really do need counterespionage.

Yashim's early life story is filled in while he unravels a plot to weaken the Sultan's authority. As usual, a well crafted, fast paced tale.

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