• Forfeit

  • Ikmen, Book 23
  • By: Barbara Nadel
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • 5.0 out of 5 stars (5 ratings)

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By: Barbara Nadel
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Greed, lust and betrayal lead to murder in Barbara Nadel's 23rd Ikmen mystery, as Ikmen and Süleyman work to uncover a tragic tale of dark secrets and double lives....

In the early hours of the morning, Turkish TV star Erol Gencer is found dead at his home on the outskirts of Istanbul. But he is not alone. Beside him lies a Syrian refugee whose stomach has been split open with a cheese knife. Did Gencer kill his guest before committing suicide, or are they victims of a sinister double murder?

The dead Syrian is soon identified as Wael Al Hussain, whose wife, Samira, is in prison for attempting to kill Gencer a year ago. At the time, no one believed Samira's story that Gencer's wife had planned the attack, but now Samira's sister begs Çetin Ikmen to re-examine her claim.

Meanwhile, Inspector Mehmet Süleyman is on leave with his teenage son, Patrick, who is visiting from Ireland, but when Detective Kerim Gürsel's transsexual ex-lover, Pembe, is also murdered, shortly after confessing that Wael Al Hussain had used her for sexual favours, Süleyman knows he must help Kerim solve this complex case. 

Entering a world of the Syrian diaspora, where tales of mythical storytellers abound, Ikmen and Süleyman uncover a tragic tale of dark secrets and double lives where nothing is at it seems.... 

©2021 Barbara Nadel (P)2021 Headline Publishing Group Ltd

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  • nicky johnson
  • 08-28-23

Tedious

Previously I have very much enjoyed books by Barbara Nadel. This one had a familiar setting (good) and familiar characters (good) but a storyline that went all round the houses in tedious knots. I’m no prude, quite broad-minded in fact, but I got bored with the sexual references and people feeling each other up. The LGBTQ+ themes were definitely key to the plot but took far too long to become apparently relevant. It was a relief when there we’re only two hours left and events began to come together and make sense. I couldn’t recommend this particular audiobook that took up so many hours of my listening time.

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  • VM J
  • 06-20-21

Cetin Ikmen and magic

I eagerly anticipate the arrival of each new Ikmen story and Sean Barrett as its narrator. This one focuses on the Syrian community exiled in Turkey among other things rather than the latest Turkish political scene. The story has different strands which are interweaved. With a book there is often a list of personnel to help but with foreign names it can be confusing. Saying that I worked out who was who. With this series it really is essential to start at the beginning as the characters and plots build throughout the series. Really enjoyed the book although some bits were gruesome but that is crime fiction. Looking forward to the next Hakim and Arnold book written by Barbara Nadel another great series.

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