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By Jakob Arjouni Anthea Bell | Comments: ( 468 ) | Date: ( May 31, 2020 )

Kemal Kayankaya is the ultimate outsider among hard boiled private eyes Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book ReviewOVER 1 MILLION COPIES SOLD WORLDWIDE As a Turkish immigrant raised by Germans, he s regularly subjected to racism in the gritty, working class city, and getting work isn t easy So when his friend Romario asks Kayankaya to protect him against thugs dema Kemal Kayankaya is the ultimate outsider among hard boiled private eyes Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book ReviewOVER 1 MILLION COPIES SOLD WORLDWIDE As a Turkish immigrant raised by Germans, he s regularly subjected to racism in the gritty, working class city, and getting work isn t easy So when his friend Romario asks Kayankaya to protect him against thugs demanding protection money from his restaurant business, the down and out Kayankaya takes the job Except these are no ordinary thugs They turn out to be battle hardened Croatian nationalists looking to take over the rackets in Frankfurt, and they do not take kindly to Kayankaya s interference with their plans But try as he might, Kayankaya just can t seem to stay out of their way What ensues is a brilliant novel about organized crime, immigration, the fallout from the Balkan wars, and the madness of nationalism from one of Europe s finest crime writers.

  • Title: Kismet
  • Author: Jakob Arjouni Anthea Bell
  • ISBN: 9781935554233
  • Page: 265
  • Format: Paperback

About Author:

Jakob Arjouni Anthea Bell

Jakob Arjouni alias of Jakob Bothe published his first novel Happy Birthday, T rke 1985 at the age of 20.Later he wrote his first play Die Garagen He became famous after publishing his criminal novel Kayankaya, which was then translated into 10 different languages In 1987, he received the Baden W rttembergischen Autorenpreis f r das deutschsprachige Jugendtheater for his play Nazim schiebt ab In 1992, he received the German Crime Fiction Prize for One Man, One Murder He died, aged 48, in Berlin, after a long fight against pancreatic cancer.

Comments Kismet

  • Tyler Jones

    I'm a sucker for both hard boiled detective novels and international fiction, so when I came across this gritty story about a Turkish P.I. in Frankfurt, I was in like Flynn. For the most part the book delivers exactly what it promises: a tightly plotted urban noir complete with wise-ass detective and sucker-punch dialogue, plus some social commentary on being a visible minority in Germany in the years just after unification.I really wanted to rate this one four-stars but I can't because book is [...]

  • Trilby

    I'm not sure what the significance of the title is. In addition to meaning "fate" in Turkish, "kismet" is also a wireless network detector, a robot designed by MIT to assist research into social interactions between robots and humans, a 1920 film, and a musical. For simplicity's sake, I'll go with the first definition. It works because the narrator is a Frankfurter PI of Turkish descent. The most interesting aspect of the story is the anti-immigrant jive and flak the "Turks" (i.e. any immigrant [...]

  • Zeynep Ali

    This was a funny, engaging, fast read. I was confused at times, but I don't know if that was me, the translation, or the writing style. Overall really good characters, motivations, solid writing, and a smart plotline.

  • Charles Dee Mitchell

    Private eye Kemal Kayankaya is a Turkish immigrant raised by Germans in Frankfurt, a city he is both fond of and acknowledges to be the ugliest city in Germany. One good result of the German Reunification that took place about a decade before the action of this novel is the new targets it has given local bigots for their racism. Kayankaya by no means gets a free ride from his fellow Frankfurters, but they can now complain about the Ossies, East Germans that are ruining the economy, the neighborh [...]

  • Tony

    The Kayankaya Quartet (of which this is the final book), was originally published in Germany between 1985 and 2001, the previous installments being Happy Birthday, Turk!, More Beer (which was previously released as And Still, Drink More), and One Man, One Murder. Set mainly in Frankfurt, they use the hardboiled detective genre to examine the changes underway in German culture, especially with regard to immigrants. Although private eye Kemal Kayankaya is the German-born son of Turkish guest worke [...]

  • John

    Kayankaya ist ein schlechter Detektiv, aber die Geschicte ist lustig.

  • Caroline Picard

    So good! I came across this book on accident, it had a very nice cover and I had been looking for something kind of pulpy. It's perfect. Another detective novel, it perfectly fulfills the requirements of its genre, and yet while fitting in with Raymond Chandler, this Kismet felt much more contemporary--taking for granted the socio-politcal landscape of our times. Everything takes place in Frankfurt and a nearby, also shitty, landscape. Kismet is a Turkish immigrant raised by Germans, and as such [...]

  • M M

    Darkly witty writing doesn't get much better than by Jakob Arjouni, the German-Turkish author of Kismet. It stars the private investigator Kayankaya who wisecracks his way through a violent takeover of the streets of Frankfurt, possibly Germany's dullest city, by a bunch of Croat nationalists. There's butchery galore, mafiosi fall by the wayside. Kayankaya - an ethnic Turk - usually finds himself on the margins of German society, facing racism and occasional odd jobs from immigrants. When one, a [...]

  • Alan

    This hard-boiled mystery was set in Frankfurt soon after the fall of the wall. The detective, Kemal Kayankaya, is Turkish and the tension between Turks and Germans is palpable throughout the story. There are also East European (Albanian, Serbian, Croats) gangsters and the obligatory tough-but-gentle sidekick. The story was far-fetched, even by most "suspension of disbelief" standards, but compelling and very readable. This was the first of the authoer's four books re-published in English (origin [...]

  • MauroMC

    A criminal story that wants to be like a splatter movie with some fun.I found it trivial and not really funny.

  • Stephanie

    After my previous failed attempt to read More Beer, an earlier entry into the Kayankaya series, I tried this book at the urging of a friend. This time, however, I read the book in the original German, and that seemed to make a huge difference in the tone (note to translator: Arjouni is not Raymond Chandler). Despite the slow going (on my part with a dictionary at times), I am now won over on the merits of this series about a cranky Turkish detective in Frankfurt. I will go back and revisit the e [...]

  • Joshua

    German crime novel set in Frankfurt around a Turkish private eye that hits on all the usual points--seedy, violent, detective getting the crap beat out of him as he doggedly pursues the truth. Short book, the first of Arjouni's books featuring this character to be translated into English--3 more coming in 2011--that has a solid anti-hero as the protagonist, but not super original. That's okay. Sometimes it's nice to go down a familiar, squalid path and I like reading something like this set in G [...]

  • Stacia

    I really enjoyed this! Kemal Kayankaya is a tough Turkish-German PI who accidentally ends up in the middle of a turf war as a Croatian organized crime group tries to take over territory of Albanian & German mobs in Frankfurt. The setting was great & I liked the international flavor of the various groups in the book. It was also darkly funny & nicely paced.

  • Kittaroo

    Se la notte è insonne uno che fa? Si mette a leggere per conciliare il sonno Ma se il libro si rivela uno spasso, come in questo caso, lo finisci e sei più sveglio di prima In un "giallo" riuscire a fondere azione, humor, critica sociale e buona scrittura ( echi di Lansdale ) per me è un'impresa rara: qui l'autore ci riesce agevolmente e ci consegna davvero un bel libro!

  • Nishant

    Private eye of Turkish descent in Frankfurt intriguing enough to pick up the first chapter is great and then it kind of dissolves into slight implausibility and the ending would make Quentin Tarantino giggle with glee.

  • Dennis

    An interesting read, my first of this author . I'll read another. A good view into the multi cultural society in Europe . .d the prejudices that often prevail , and all in a mystery thriller .

  • Mark

    fairly simple plot and development, but the narrator is quite unique and the setting quite uncommon too. i like the slightly schlubby approach to the private detective model, the minority perspective, and the stubbornness instead of grit.

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  • Sunny

    So much fun. Full review at: bookinwithsunny/posts/kismet/

  • Heather

    Not my favorite of the series, but still enjoyable.

  • Cindy

    Couldn't get into the plot. Will reread (again) to give it its due.

  • Angelique

    A big meh.

  • Aaron Kent

    another solid reprint in the Melville House international crime library. looking forward to the rest of Arjouni's books.

  • Terry

    Pretty good, though Kayankaya does have a penchant for getting his ass whipped by the antagonists a lot. A seriously fucked up ending as you might expect. A good read

  • Catherine Woodman

    Kafka-esque detective novel set in Frankfurtt much more to say

  • KC

    Good fun detective novel. Perfect for a summer read!

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