"Kemal Kayankaya is the ultimate outsider among hard-boiled private eyes." --Marilyn Stasio, "The New York Times Book Review " OVER 1 MILLION COPIES SOLD WORLDWIDE When a Turkish laborer is stabbed to death in Frankfurt's red light district, the local polcie see no need to work overtime. But when the laborer's wife comes to him for help, wise ...Read More"Kemal Kayankaya is the ultimate outsider among hard-boiled private eyes." --Marilyn Stasio, "The New York Times Book Review " OVER 1 MILLION COPIES SOLD WORLDWIDE When a Turkish laborer is stabbed to death in Frankfurt's red light district, the local polcie see no need to work overtime. But when the laborer's wife comes to him for help, wise-cracking detective Kemal Kayankaya, a Turkish immigrant himself, smells a rat. The dead man wasn't the kind of guy who spent time with prostitutes. What gives? The deeper he digs, the more Kayankaya finds that the vitim was a good guy, a poor immigrant just trying to look out for his family. So who wanted him dead, and why? On the way to find out, Kayankaya has run-ins with prostitutes and drug addicts, gets beaten up by anonymous thugs, survives a gas attack, and suffers several close encounters with a Fiat. And then there's the police cover-up he stumbles upon ...Read Less
Small octavo (4.5 x 7.5); vg+/vg; dj, black spine with orange and yellow text; dj, light shelf wear; HB, red cloth spine with white text; quarter-bound with darker red boards; minor shelf wear and bumping; text block, clean; 154pp. Rockville.
New York. 1993. Fromm International. 1st American Edition. Very Good In Dustjacket. 154 pages. hardcover. 0880641487. Jacket design by Linda Kosarin. Translated from the German by Anselm Hollo. keywords: Turkey Translated Mystery. inventory # 23956. FROM THE PUBLISHER-A Turkish worker is stabbed to death in Frankfurt's red-light district¿certainly no reason for the police to work overtime, Kemal Kayankaya, however, has a different attitude. A 26-year-old of Turkish birth but German upbringing, he doesn't speak Turkish but looks it, has a German passport and first-hand experience of resentment against foreigners. He is also a private investigator, hired to find the killer and the motive for the crime. Like his literary forefathers Philip Marlowe and Sam Spade, he is a loner, but as a Turk, not because he has an option. Yet he is not unarmed; with an irreverent and hilarious sense of humor Kayankaya goes about his search, all the while drinking too much, encountering obnoxious policemen and easy women, After twists and turns he finally runs into a drug ring built on the exploitation of Turkish immigrants. The influence of Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett on Jakob Arjouni is impossible to miss; the plot moves quickly, the action thrills, the characters are unforgettable, and the milieu is painted so realistically that it immediately comes to life for the reader. Jakob Arjouni was born in Frankfurt, West Germany, in 1964. After having spent several years in France, he recently moved to Berlin. He is the author of novels, plays, and radio plays. With the publication of HAPPY BIRTHDAY, TURK! Arjouni was immediately recognized as Germany's outstanding mystery writer, Already translated into eight languages, this is the first volume of the best-selling Kayankaya series to be published by Fromm international. Jakob Arjouni (born 8 October 1964 in Frankfurt am Main) is a German author. He received the 1992 German Crime Fiction Prize for One Man, One Murder. Jakob Arjouni ended his university studies and published his first novel Happy Birthday, Türke! at the age of 22. Later he wrote his first play Die Garagen. He became famous after publishing his criminal novel Kayankaya, which was then translated into 10 different languages. In 1987, he received the Baden-Württembergischen Autorenpreis für das deutschsprachige Jugendtheater for his play Nazim schiebt ab. In 1992, he received the German Crime Fiction Prize for One Man, One Murder. Arjouni's works are usually about the comtemporary problems, and he writes about the environment which he is familiar with. Detective Kemal Kayankaya, the protagonist in his detective novel Kayankaya, lives in Frankfurt am Main where Arjouni resided. Although Kayankaya was adopted and brought up by a German family, he subjected to racism due his ethnic Turkish appearance, and the others made fun of him. Kismet, another detective novel about Kayankaya, is about the Yugoslav civil war. In his works Magic Hoffmann, Hausaufgaben and Edelsmanns Tochter, he talks about the rising nationalism, historical revisionism and anti-Semitism in the reunified Germany. His novel Chez Max takes place in Paris in the year 2064. In this novel, he writes on the future of the society, which would be closely monitored to enhance security as a result of the 911 terrorist attacks. One can easily relate Chez Max with the scenes in George Orwell's novel 1984. In one of his latest novels, Der heilige Eddy (2009), Arjouni departed from the previously serious themes and wrote a lightweight contemporary picaresque. Peter Henning, a critic from the German newspaper Die Zeit, commented that it is a ¿German screwball prose with 246 floating slightly staged pages'. His thriller novel Cherryman jagt Mr. White (2011) has got an 18 years old protagonist in rural Bandenburg who has to face brutal violence by young nazi guys of his own village. To overcome his subdued feelings he puts them into cartoon adventures...
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