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by David Chacko
About this Book
Inspector Levent of Istanbul Homicide is on vacation on the Aegean Coast when he's handed a case that will become the biggest of his career. The crime is murder, as usual, but that's just the beginning of this long chase. Killing becomes drug running, which becomes a huge construction scam, which becomes the Deep State that is Turkey's shadow government, which become burnings that become bombings that in the end almost send the entire peninsula of Bodrum up in flames.
But most of all Devil's Feathers is a story of revenge.
About the Author
David Chacko is the author of twenty-two critically acclaimed novels in the mystery and espionage genres. He is also the co-author of one of the groundbreaking texts in the field: Crime and Punishment: An Introduction to Detective Fiction.
Chacko's books have been called "brilliant and scaring" (Kirkus), and "raw-boned and brutal" (The Detroit News). He is known as "a novelist of talent and power" (Playboy), "a writer of power and intensity" (Publisher's Weekly), and his work as "compelling and unexpected" (Newsweek), "a powerhouse charged with artistic and imaginative feats." (Buffalo Courier-Express)
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Foremost Press Releases Mystery Novel
Devil's Feathers, the second novel in the Inspector Levent series, by David Chacko, takes on more than the usual police procedural. Istanbul Homicide is Levent's usual beat, and murder seldom has to be explained. But this time Levent is on his vacation at the Aegean Coast when he's called to investigate an extremely violent and apparently unmotivated murder at a convenience store.
The victim has deliberately been burnt alive in his Mercedes, as if death was not enough to satisfy the killer's need. Levent is aware of that at once, and becomes more aware as he uncovers the victim's past and the killer's tracks. Gradually, Levent comes to understand that where these two things intersect will correspond with the kill point.
In pursuit of the killer, Levent moves through the glitz and flash of society on the Turkish Riviera at the height of the season. This is where Istanbul summers, and what we see through Levent is a microcosm of that vast city transposed to a much smaller place. It is home to some of the most beautiful waters and vistas on earth, all bent to the weight of a consuming mass tourism.
The natural beauty and its exploitation also become a part of the plot. The trail leads Levent through corrupt construction projects, drug trafficking, the shadow of the Deep State that operates behind Turkey's official government, and forgotten crimes that bear on the present like an echo. The book does these things with a lot of verve in the writing, close knowledge of beautiful people and places, and a main character with remarkable range.
Devil's Feathers runs the risk of being overwhelmed by the past, but accepts the dare and brings the action to a powerful conclusion on a mountaintop outside the city. The name of the devil is finally spoken, but he is opposed by an even more determined angel of death. All the vectors of the plot come together in a giant forest fire that takes nearly everything down. The fire is literally hell and the devils of our making.
Devil's Feathers was published by Foremost Press. It can be ordered through local bookstores and at ForemostPress.com, Amazon and Barnes & Noble.com.
ISBN 10: 0-9818418-6-4
268 pp, $14.97