Happy Birthday, Türke!

Happy Birthday, Türke! Review

When a Turkish laborer is stabbed to death in Frankfurt's red light district, the local polcie see no need to work overtime. But when the laborer's wife comes to him for help, wise-cracking detective Kemal Kayankaya, a Turkish immigrant himself, smells a rat. The dead man wasn't the kind of guy who spent time with prostitutes. What gives? The deeper he digs, the more Kayankaya finds that the vitim was a good guy, a poor immigrant just trying to look out for his family. So who wanted him dead, and why? On the way to find out, Kayankaya has run-ins with prostitutes and drug addicts, gets beaten up by anonymous thugs, survives a gas attack, and suffers several close encounters with a Fiat.

And then there's the police cover-up he stumbles upon ...


From the Trade Paperback edition.

Title:Happy Birthday, Türke!
Edition Language:German

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    Some Testimonial About This Book:

  • Rachel Hall

    Waking up on his twenty-sixth birthday in August 1983, private investigator Kemal Kayankaya faces his first battle of the day with the infernal fly that has disturbed his sleep and consoles himself by...

  • Gisela Hafezparast

    Really good, fast read. This series of 5 books was written in the 80s, chronicling some of the social and cultural topics and very much reminds me of what was happening in Germany during my teenage ye...

  • Stavroula P.

    Αν και γενικά δεν μου αρέσουν τέτοιου είδους βιβλία, το συγκεκριμένο ήταν αρκετά καλό. Κατά λάθος έπεσε στα χέ...

  • Tfitoby

    A quick and interesting noir read, written in the early 80s and with a special focus on the stigma attached to Turkish immigrant population in West Germany. This was Jakob Arjouni writing his debut no...

  • WortGestalt

    Dieses Buch fand ich so großartig, dass ich gar nicht weiß, wohin mit all meiner Freude! Bücher, die einen so richtig begeistern, sind immer etwas ganz besonderes und es fällt mir schwer, "Happy ...

  • j

    You know, I didn't think "A German detective novel, THAT'LL be a laugh riot!" but I guess I should have. LOVED this book and am moving onto the other ones in the series. Arjouni does noir with a smirk...

  • Ping Naka

    I learned about this book from following Ric Jerrom who narrates "Past Tense" by Catherine Aird.Ric Jerrom gives a spectacular performance in this book too.Kayankaya is a private investigator and a li...

  • Maddy

    Although he was born in Turkey, Kemal Kayankaya has lived all but one year of his life in Germany. After his parents both died, he was adopted and raised by a German family and became a German citizen...

  • Anna

    Quite a bit of Hammett and Chandler in the style, and a lot of humor both in the things Kayankaya sees and in everything that happens around him. Brilliant. A hard-boiled Turkish private investigator ...

  • Baris Balcioglu

    Valla Almanca yorum yazamayacağım. Zaten 100 sayfasını okuyup yıllarca ara vermiştim. Şimdi bir iki günde bitirdim. Polisiye olduğu için de Almanca da olduğundan ne kadar anladım kimbilir....