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Author: Jakob Arjouni Narrator: Steven Crossley Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Kayankaya Series Release Date: December 2011 ISBN: 9781609985837
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Introducing Kemal Kayankaya, a wise-cracking private detective in Frankfurt—or, as Kayankaya calls it, “the ugliest town in Germany.” As a Turkish immigrant raised by Germans, he’s regularly subjected to racism in the gritty, working class town, and getting work isn’t easy. So when his immigrant friend Rosario asks Kayankaya to protect him against some thugs demanding protection money from his restaurant, the down-and-out Kayankaya takes the job—except these are no ordinary thugs. They turn out to be battle-hardened Croatian nationalists looking to take over the rackets in Frankfurt, and they do not take kindly to Kayankaya’s interference with their plans. What ensues is a brilliant novel about organized crime, immigration, the fallout from the Balkan wars, and the madness of nationalism from one of Europe’s finest crime writers.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Kemal Kayankaya is the ultimate outsider among hard-boiled private eyes.”

    The New York Times Book Review

  • “If you like your investigators tough and sassy, Kayankaya is your guide.”

    Sunday Times (London)

  • "A gripping caper and a haunting indictment of the madness of nationalism, illuminated by brilliant use of language: magnificent.”

    The Guardian (London)

  • “This lively, gripping book sets a high standard for the crime novel as the best of modern literature.”

    The Independent (London)

  • “Pitch-black noir”

    La Depeche (France)

  • “A genuine storyteller who beguiles his readers without the need of tricks.”

    L’Unita (Italy)

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About the Author

Jakob Arjouni has written novels, plays, screenplays, and the Kemal Kayankaya mystery series. His other publications include his urban novel Magic Hoffmann, which was shortlisted for the IMPAC Award, and the story collections Ein Freund and Idiots: Five Fairy Tales and Other Stories. Arjouni divides his time between Germany and France.

About the Narrator

Steven Crossley, a graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, has built a career on both sides of the Atlantic as an actor and audiobook narrator, for which he has won more than a dozen AudioFile Earphones Awards and been a nominee for the prestigious Audie Award. He is a member of the internationally renowned theater company Complicite and has appeared in numerous theater, television, film, and radio dramas.