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Dead of Night (Inspector Ikmen #14)

3.86  ·  Rating Details ·  121 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
Barbara Nadel's gripping new Turkish crime novel tackles the treacherous and seedy underworld of Detroit's gang warfare.

Inspectors Cetin Ikmen and Mehmet Suleyman from Istanbul are sent to a policing conference in Detroit, but little can prepare them for the corruption that lies at its heart. When Ezekial Goins, an elderly man of Turkish descent approaches them to crack th
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published January 5th 2012 by Headline (first published January 1st 2012)
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Frances
Apr 17, 2015 Frances rated it liked it
Disappointing - perhaps the setting of Detroit instead of Istanbul was the problem...
Andrea Susan
Nov 20, 2016 Andrea Susan rated it it was amazing
Interesting crossover from Istanbul to Detroit for Ikmen and Suleyman to attend a police conference where they meet a man who feels they will the source of renewed investigation for his long since murdered son.
Celia
Oct 08, 2012 Celia rated it liked it
This is one of a series of novels featuring Turkish police detective Cetin Ikmen and a large cast of continuing characters. The novels are set in Istanbul, and Barbara Nadel has been called the Donna Leon of Turkey. However, this novel does not take place in Istanbul but rather in Detroit, where Ikmen and a colleague have been invited to an international police conference. The story revolves around an old man who believes his people are descended from Turks. The man wants Ikmen to discover who ...more
Jen
Apr 15, 2012 Jen rated it it was ok
Shelves: crime, turkish
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Alice
Jul 05, 2012 Alice rated it liked it
I pre-ordered this book (waiting for paperback edition) many, many months ago. I am a very big fan of this series and all the characters, especially Istanbul which is, to me, the main character of the book. Outside of their comfort zone and the colourful, mysterious backdrop of Istanbul, Ikmen and Süleyman do not fare very well. Followers of this series have read descriptions of Inspector Ikmen's appearance many times but in Detroit he is described as a skiny Columbo with yellow teeth. For some ...more
Chris
Jun 25, 2013 Chris rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-turkey
Ikmen goes to Detroit for a policing conference and gets involved with a 30 year old cold case of a drug dealer. Back in Istanbul, his assistant is finding love in the arms of another cop while monitoring the release of a serial rapist. Ikmen's exploits in Detroit seemed a little unbelievable but at the same time fascinating. Nadel introduces a group of mixed race people from Appalachia I'd never heard of-Melungeons-who think they could be descendants of shipwrecked Ottoman sailors. Ikmen's ...more
Pat
Dec 04, 2013 Pat rated it really liked it
Ikmen in Detroit? Who would have thought? The connection to Turkey is quite interesting and something new, to me.

I have seen Detroit and found the stark reality of the landscape sad and frightening and this story is set amidst the debris of the city's past brillance. I hadn't realized all the factors at work that brought about the decline but they emerge here, along with some hope. The book precedes Detroit's bankruptcy but touches on ways for the city to rise again.

The continuing story line f
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Linda
Apr 01, 2012 Linda rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries
While attending a police conference in Detroit, Michigan Inspector Ikmen and Mehmet Suleyman meet an elderly man of Turkish descent who pleads with them to help uncover the unsolved murder of his son. This is a departure for the two police officers as they are out of their comfort zone in a different city and country. The descriptions of Brush Park and the decaying Packard plant in Detroit as well as the underlying racial tensions are central to the storyline. The story also includes another ...more
Curt Hopkins Hopkins
Aug 09, 2012 Curt Hopkins Hopkins rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, istanbul
Any book with Inspector Ikmen is worth reading. This one flipped back and forth between Istanbul and Turkey a bit too much and too quickly. The author also lacked any real familiarity with American English, especially idioms. At one point, a character described what I imagine is a piece of clothing as "jean dungarees." Not only have I never heard such a weird phrase before but I can't imagine what it means. Overalls maybe? This was just the most jarring of many.
Catherine
Jul 04, 2012 Catherine rated it it was ok
Not as good as the previous books IMO . . . it takes place in Detroit and I am not so interested in learning about the Detroit culture . . . I always like these books because they were based in Turkey and mainly Istanbul (a current object of my fascination). I guess she felt like she needed to widen her scope but it didn't seem as well developed as the others . . . maybe she is tired of writing the series?
Louise
Feb 19, 2013 Louise rated it liked it
Although I thought the author did a good job of setting the novel in the USA rather than the usual Istanbul, for some reason I didn't like this book as much as her other ones that I've read. What I found most interesting was discovering the existence of a cultural group of people called 'Melungeons', hitherto unknown to me. They are a mixed-race of unknown origin, though many claim to be of Turkish descent. They come from the Appalachian regions of Tennessee and Kentucky.
Ann Tonks
Interesting to be mainly out of the fascination of Istanbul and into the depressing urban landscape of Detroit. Once again Ikmen, immerses himself in a problem and is an important part of the resolution. The story of the Melungeons was a fascinating revelation to add to America's endless stories of racial oppression.
WR
Dec 03, 2014 WR rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
haven't read Nadel in a while. This was quite an interesting installment in the series, as it took Inspector Cetin Ikmen to Detroit - unfamiliar territory - yet still trying to help the local police solve an old crime, that has links to current-day (inconvenient) challenges that just refuse to go away.
Jack Laschenski
Dec 27, 2015 Jack Laschenski rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Inspector Ikmen in Detroit!!!

And Suleyman and romance back in Istanbul

A bleak picture of the motor city today.

Good characters - fast plot.
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Barbara Nadel is an English crime-writer. Many of her books are set in Turkey. Born in the East End of London, Barbara Nadel trained as an actress before becoming a writer. Now writing full-time, she has previously worked as a public relations officer for the National Schizophrenia Fellowship's Good Companion Service and as a mental health advocate for the mentally disordered in a psychiatric ...more
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