The Janissary Tree: A Novel

Paperback | May 15, 2007

byJason Goodwin

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WINNER OF THE EDGAR AWARD FOR BEST NOVEL

This first book in the Investigator Yashim series is a richly entertaining tale, full of exotic history and intrigue, introduces Investigator Yashim: In 1830s Istanbul, an extra-ordinary hero tackles an extraordinary plot that threatens to topple the Ottoman Empire

It is 1836. Europe is modernizing, and the Ottoman Empire must follow suit. But just before the Sultan announces sweeping changes, a wave of murders threatens the fragile balance of power in his court. Who is behind them? Only one intelligence agent can be trusted to find out: Yashim Lastname, a man both brilliant and near-invisible in this world. You see, Yashim is a eunuch.

He leads us into the palace's luxurious seraglios and Istanbul's teeming streets, and leans on the wisdom of a dyspeptic Polish ambassador, a transsexual dancer, and a Creole-born queen mother. And he introduces us to the Janissaries. For 400 years, they were the empire's elite soldiers, but they grew too powerful, and ten years ago, the Sultan had them crushed. Are the Janissaries staging a brutal comeback?

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WINNER OF THE EDGAR AWARD FOR BEST NOVELThis first book in the Investigator Yashim series is a richly entertaining tale, full of exotic history and intrigue, introduces Investigator Yashim: In 1830s Istanbul, an extra-ordinary hero tackles an extraordinary plot that threatens to topple the Ottoman EmpireIt is 1836. Europe is modernizin...

JASON GOODWIN is the Edgar Award-winning author of the Investigator Yashim series. The first five books-The Janissary Tree, The Snake Stone, The Bellini Card, An Evil Eye, and The Baklava Club-have been published to international acclaim, alongside Yashim Cooks Istanbul, a cookbook of Ottoman Turkish recipes inspired by the series. Goo...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8.17 × 5.52 × 0.89 inPublished:May 15, 2007Publisher:PicadorLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0312426135

ISBN - 13:9780312426132

Customer Reviews of The Janissary Tree: A Novel

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Janissary Tree F0r me, this book just didn't work. It is more than possible that this is possible because of my unfamiliarity with Ottamon History, but the plot seemed forced and underdeveloped. Unfortunately, the book was a disappointment, and it's protagonist, Yashim, needs considerably more bolstering, if he is ever to become a 'Poirot' or a "Miss Marple." Hopefully, the next novel will have a little more substance.
Date published: 2015-10-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Part of my research This book was fun, and gave me a whole bunch of research leads for me trip to turkey next fall.
Date published: 2013-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fascinating read - fast paced, informative, descriptive, suspenseful. I didn't know what to expect from this book. I picked it up because it looked mildly interesting from the cover description and it proved to be much better than I expected. A detective story set in 1836 Istanbul with colorful descriptions about the history, customs, cuisine, and way of life of the commoners and the Sultan. An edcuation disguised as entertainment. Couldn't put it down. Stands up there with all the best modern suspense mysteries with the added bonus of the mysterious middle east. Highly recommended. I intend to read more books by this author. Joe Tamai Oakville
Date published: 2008-12-24

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Editorial Reviews

"A work of dazzling beauty...the rare coming together of historical scholarship and curiosity about distant places with luminous writing...a meditation on a vanished world that hovers like an apparition over today's grim headlines." -The New York Times Book Review (Front page) on Lords of the Horizons: A History of the Ottoman Empir"An unusual, exotic historical mystery that reads like literature and moves like a thriller." -George Pelecanos, author of Drama City"In this engaging novel, the reader is treated to a history lesson about the Ottoman Empire of the nineteenth century, a travelogue that brings the ancient city of Istanbul to life and a spellbinding story all in one. . . . This novel will keep you engrossed from start to finish." -The Roanoke Times"A triumph of the first order." -BookPage