Magazine article World Literature Today

NEW BOOKS: Mediterranean Noir

Magazine article World Literature Today

NEW BOOKS: Mediterranean Noir

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Baksheesh

Esmahan Aykol

Ruth Whitehouse, tr.

Bitter Lemon Press

Proud owner of Istanbuls only crime bookshop, Kati Hirschel uses the power of bribery, or baksheesh, to purchase an apartment in the city. Suddenly the body of the man who previously owned the apartment is found, and she becomes the main suspect in the police investigation. To clear her name, Kati beings her own investigation of the crime, which takes her through every part of Turkish society in Istanbul.

Blood Curse: The Springtime of Commissario Ricciardi

Maurizio de Giovanni

Antony Shugaar, tr.

Europa Editions

Naples homicide detective Ricciardi has visions and can see the final seconds of the violent deaths of vic- tims. His visions are both a gift and a curse, which has made him the best detective but incredibly apathetic and an alcoholic. His only friend is his partner, Brigadier Maione. The two begin an investigation of the murder of Carmela Calise, who was beaten to death in her apartment. As they piece together her case, the two discover interesting informa- tion from reluctant neighbors about Calises moonlighting career as both fortune-teller and moneylender, which made her the enemy of very powerful people. …

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