Lefevre, a French archaeologist, has arrived in Istanbul determined to uncover a lost Byzantine treasure. Yashim is commissioned to find out more about him. But when Lefevre's mutilated body is discovered outside the French embassy, it turns out that there is only one suspect: Yashim himself. Once again, Yashim finds himself in a race against time to uncover the startling truth behind a shadowy secret society dedicated to the revival of the Byzantine Empire, caught in a deadly game deep beneath the city streets, a place where the stakes are high - and betrayal is death.
Novelist, historian and traveller, Jason Goodwin wrote The Gunpowder Gardens: Travels in China and India in Search of Tea and On Foot to the Golden Horn, which won the JLR/Mail on Sunday Prize. After Lords of the Horizons: A History of the Ottoman Empire ('perhaps the most readable history ever written about anything' Time Out) and Greenback: The Almighty Dollar and the Invention of America, his first Yashim mystery, The Janissary Tree, won the 2007 Edgar Allan Poe Award and became an international bestseller. The fourth book in the series, An Evil Eye, was published in 2011 to great critical acclaim. His books are translated into over forty languages. He lives in Dorset with his wife Kate and their four children.