Kismet

Kismet Review

It all began with a favor. Kayankaya and Slibulsky were only trying to protect their friend Romario from his protectors, men who were demanding hard cash for the service. It ended with two bodies on the floor of Romario's restaurant, their faces covered in ghostly white makeup. Kayankaya is determined to track down their identities, when he realizes that he himself is being pursued by a faceless and utterly ruthless criminal gang. A new element has broken into the established order of Frankfurt gangland: battle-hardened Croatian nationalists. And when Kayankaya rescues Bosnian teenager Leila from a refugee hostel, the stakes get even higher. This thrilling, utterly captivating novel is the perfect fix for fans of literary noir.

Title:Kismet
Edition Language:English

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  • Tyler Jones

    I'm a sucker for both hard boiled detective novels and international fiction, so when I came across this gritty story about a Turkish P.I. in Frankfurt, I was in like Flynn. For the most part the book...

  • Trilby

    I'm not sure what the significance of the title is. In addition to meaning "fate" in Turkish, "kismet" is also a wireless network detector, a robot designed by MIT to assist research into social inter...

  • Zeynep Ali

    This was a funny, engaging, fast read. I was confused at times, but I don't know if that was me, the translation, or the writing style. Overall really good characters, motivations, solid writing, and ...

  • Charles Dee Mitchell

    Private eye Kemal Kayankaya is a Turkish immigrant raised by Germans in Frankfurt, a city he is both fond of and acknowledges to be the ugliest city in Germany. One good result of the German Reunifica...

  • Tony

    The Kayankaya Quartet (of which this is the final book), was originally published in Germany between 1985 and 2001, the previous installments being Happy Birthday, Turk!, More Beer (which was previous...

  • John

    Kayankaya ist ein schlechter Detektiv, aber die Geschicte ist lustig....

  • Caroline Picard

    So good! I came across this book on accident, it had a very nice cover and I had been looking for something kind of pulpy. It's perfect. Another detective novel, it perfectly fulfills the requirements...

  • M M

    Darkly witty writing doesn't get much better than by Jakob Arjouni, the German-Turkish author of Kismet. It stars the private investigator Kayankaya who wisecracks his way through a violent takeover o...

  • Alan

    This hard-boiled mystery was set in Frankfurt soon after the fall of the wall. The detective, Kemal Kayankaya, is Turkish and the tension between Turks and Germans is palpable throughout the story. Th...

  • MauroMC

    A criminal story that wants to be like a splatter movie with some fun.I found it trivial and not really funny....