The Janissary Tree, the first book in a new series, is set in a most
extraordinary world and features a most extraordinary sleuth.
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 Togalu, 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. He finds sweet salvation in the arms of another man’s wife (this is not
your everyday eunuch). And he introduces us to the Janissaries. For four
hundred years earlier the sultan had them crushed. Are the Janissaries staging
a brutal comeback? Download and start listening now!