Istanbul provides an intriguing backdrop for Somer's highly entertaining and occasionally over-the-top tale, the first in a six-volume series to be made available in the U.S., in which a nameless transvestite nightclub owner turns detective after the murder of one of the club's drag queens, a crime linked to a blackmail scheme involving letters and photos received from a powerful and conservative businessman. While the club's performers fear their secret lives being made public and are outcasts to their families, the protagonist, who by night dresses like "that boyish beauty" Audrey Hepburn, fears no one. When the blackmailers target the nightclub owner, she turns for help to contacts in the gay and transvestite community, plus a gossipy bouncer and an adoring cab driver who fancies himself "the Istanbul version of Brad Pitt." Melding broad humor with a sensitive look at gay life in Turkey, Somer has fashioned a complex protagonist who's likable, intelligent, arrogant and, above all, a survivor. (Jan.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
Mehmet Murat Somer was born in Ankara in 1959. After graduating from university, he worked for a short time as an engineer, and for an extended period as a banker. Since 1994, he has been a management consultant, conducting corporate seminars on management skills and personal development. When not working out in the hammam, he writes books in the Hop-Ciki-Yaya series, of which there are now six.
A whip-smart Istanbul crime series. * Guardian * Praise for The Prophet Murders A camp comedic thriller... amusing high-adrenalin romp * Guardian * Superior mysteries * Guardian * The refreshing result is beyond camp but highly amusing and oozes atmosphere as well as rampant sexuality -- Julia Handford * Sunday Telegraph * Blackmail, botox and a passion for Audrey Hepburn combine in this camp but intelligent thriller. -- Melissa Katsoulis * Sunday Telegraph *