Although this is the story that precedes Death by Design, I didn’t feel at all like I’d missed anything by reading them in the wrong order. A violent criminal, Yusuf Kaya, escapes from prison by faking a heart attack. He is an extremely dangerous man with a far-reaching drugs empire and Ikmen and his second-in-command, Suleyman are in pursuit of him in order to put him back into prison again. The search takes Suleyman into the dangerous and mysterious Eastern border of Turkey to the town of Mardin. Suleyman discovers a strange Eastern mysticism and religious spirit with casts a spell over the novel. Ikmen manages the investigation from Istanbul with the added strife of his good-for-nothing druggie son turning up like the prodigal son at his apartment.
Again, another exciting crime novel. Well written and really interesting as it alternates between the action in Instanbul and the action in the mystic East.