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  • By doc peterson on December 15, 2016

    Having bruned through Jason Goodwin's Inspector Yashim series The Janissary Tree: A Novel (Investigator Yashim), but still hungry for more stories in a similar genre (detective mysteries set in the Near East), Amazon recommended Jenny White's Kamil Pasha books (The Sultan's Seal: A Novel (Kamil Pasha Novels (Paperback))) _The Winter Theif_ is the third in the series - if you have not read the previous stories, I recommend you begin there.White, an Ottoman scholar, provides a lot of insight and historical detail that add a sense of authenticity to her stories. In The WinterTheif, the plot revolves around a group of idealistic socialists wanting to create a utopian community in eastern Anatolia, who are manipulated by both Armenian nationalists, communist revolutionaries, and members of the Sultan's inner circle who want to use the group to further their own careers and political agendas. In the midst of this intrigue is Kamil Pasha, who is seeking on one hand to solve a bank robbery and arms smuggling network, and on the other hand, frantically working to prevent a genocide.White's exploration of characters other than Kamil Pasha (about a quarter of the book is concerned with Kamil Pasha's sister, Feared of whom only passing references have been made in the previous books) was both refreshing and rounded out the story. A second protagonist - a wide-eyed, native Russian socialist - gave additional weight to the story telling, as i empathized with the character.Of the three Kamil Pasha books, this is not only the bloodiest, but also the book mostly strongly connected to historical figures, actions and which includes allusions to the myriad problems the Ottoman Empire faced in the early 20th century. For readers who are familiar with these currents and actors, these details provide a whole other tantalizing flavor to the story. For those less familiar, White still does a tremendous job of connecting several concurrent storylines that are all interrelated and interconnected around the crimes Kamil Pasha is investigating. While leaves subtle clues in the story there for careful readers to identify, the mark of a master writer (as opposed to unlikely reveals and last-minute introductions of characters to tie the plot together). Regardless of how well one knows the time and place the story is set in, these are elements of writing than everyone will appreciate - therefore 5 stars for _The Winter Theif_.

  • By Horace on March 24, 2017

    I read Jenny White's "Money Makes us Relatives" when it came out. I was intrigued by the title and interested in the subject. I came across this book quite by accident and even though I'm not big on mysteries or historical novels (ever notice how characters in historical novels tend to think and act in the same way early twenty-first First Worlders think and act?) I gave it a shot. I'm glad I did. What White has accomplished with this novel is a rarity: She crosses over from academic prose to nimble and graceful writing. Her scholarly background is, however, evident in the depth of knowledge of the Ottoman Empire during the period of Abdul Hamid II. She not only knows the history, but has a clear command of the manners, mores, and styles in a cosmopolitan center that was hardly in a state of decline yet definitely not all that familiar. While I think she goes too easy on Abdul Hamid II, who has several cameos in the book (and who seems strangely accessible to police agents and others) the rest of the characters are fully developed. And the mystery is pretty good as well.

  • By JS on August 14, 2011

    I finished reading this on kindle format. The storyline picks up from the earlier books, and Kamil Pasha is still an interesting character. But this is a story about the women even though the men cause all of the trouble. Kamil's sister changes quite a lot when her husband is injured, and Elif - the refugee artist - starts working her way out of the trauma she experienced in Macedonia. A new character, Vera, is a combination of naiveté and steely determination as a debutante socialist. And several peasant women, sketched in brief studies and situations, come across vividly. The men are less easily discerned. A new character is just so evil and sick that he's a bit hard to take. Other men are a bit opaque as to their characters and motives. The action moves from Istanbul to the outer edge of the Ottoman Empire and back. The difficulty of getting anywhere in winter when you must rely on your own feet or horses comes across clearly, and you can understand why people on one side of a mountain never ventured to the other. As with the other books, the detail about daily life under the Ottoman rule is fascinating, particularly how different ethnic and religious groups perceived the Empire as just or unjust. And weaving in the early days of the international socialist movement and how the Ottomans saw this and reacted to it as a threat is also interesting. In today's world of fundamentalists (of all religions) it's useful to recall how more sophisticated and enlightened people of all religions had once tried to co-exist. I can't give the book full marks because there is some unevenness in the plotting, and some of the situations are nearly impossible to believe in an otherwise fairly realistic novel.

  • By Dog-yeared on February 1, 2011

    The plot mixes idealist, international socialists with political maneuverings in the interests of Armenian nationalism (with Russia on the other side of Turkey), and antiquities smuggling on the part of unscrupulous Brits--the best parts of the book. Driving the personal story are the machinations of a really hateful villain, head of the Sultan's secret service unit, Akrep (Scorpion). Kamil pasha has to sort through the tangle and his feelings toward various women, one of whom, as an early reviewer mentions, is quite unbelievable. Some pretty graphic violence, which I am of two minds about.


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