I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I was afraid it would be a bit of a cozy. Nadel does not shy away from descriptions of graphic violence and gratuitous sex, a much grittier book than expected. If you are looking for a book that will get you excited about vacationing in Turkey this would not be the best choice. Nadel explores the seedier side of Istanbul and introduces the world to yet another great detective Inspector Cetin Ikmen. The Inspector dabbles in mysticism, drinks too much, has 8 kids, and a dependent father. He approaches each day with a raging hangover and yet still manages to put the pieces of the case together. I found this view of Istanbul fascinating and will most assuredly read the next book in the series.