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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (61 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jakob Arjouni Narrator: Steven Crossley Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Kayankaya Series Release Date:
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Love is never easy—especially when your girlfriend is an illegal Thai prostitute who has been kidnapped (again) by a gang of sex traffickers. Fortunately for the hapless fiance´, wisecracking gumshoe Kemal Kayankaya is on the case. The son of a Turkish garbage collector, he knows a thing or two about living in the ethnic fringes of the ugliest German city of them all: Frankfurt.

Kayankaya plunges into the city’s underbelly, where the police don’t care if you live or die, and the powerful view an illegal alien as just another paycheck. One Man, One Murder populates its pages with unforgettable characters, whip-smart dialogue, and a connoisseur’s collection of grim details. But it is Arjouni’s dead-on description of contemporary Europe’s racial politics, vacuous nationalism, and social injustice that make his novels rise above the rest.

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Quotes & Awards

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

    New York Times Book Review

  • “This is true hard-boiled detective fiction—realistic, violent and occasionally funny, with a hero who lives up to the best traditions of the genre.”

    Daily Telegraph (London)

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

    Guardian (London)

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

    Independent (London)

  • “A zippy, deliciously dirty tour of legal fleshpots and low-down scams victimizing illegal aliens…Plotted with verve and written with passion.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Charlie | 9/5/2013

    " One of four books from my brother in law for Christmas. This started off slow, but I found myself at the end not being able to put it down. Good twist, that kept me to the end. Easy read and can be done in a day. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Alan | 9/19/2012

    " I'm enjoying this series - it features a wise-cracking Turkish PI living in Frankfurt, Germany, although he could be a character from a Raymond Chandler novel. This was a pretty straight forward who dun it. A couple surprises, interesting characters and a great rainy Sunday read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Rebecca Williamson | 3/11/2012

    " I love the Turkish detective and his sarcasm. He's mistaken for an immigrant in Frankfurt, but he's actually a German investigating a case about immigrants. "

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About the Author
Author Jakob Arjouni

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.