By Jakob Arjouni

“Kemal Kayankaya is the final word outsider between hard-boiled inner most eyes.”
—Marilyn Stasio, The big apple instances ebook Review

As a Turkish immigrant raised through Germans, he is on a regular basis subjected to racism within the gritty, working-class urban, and getting paintings isn't really effortless. So whilst his good friend Romario asks Kayankaya to guard him opposed to thugs difficult security cash from his eating place enterprise, the down-and-out Kayankaya takes the task.

other than those are not any traditional thugs. They change into battle-hardened Croatian nationalists seeking to take over the rackets in Frankfurt, they usually don't take kindly to Kayankaya's interference with their plans. yet attempt as he may perhaps, Kayankaya simply can not seem to remain out in their method …

What ensues is a superb novel approximately geared up crime, immigration, the fallout from the Balkan wars, and the insanity of nationalism from certainly one of Europe's best crime writers.

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