Istanbul - in antiquity, called the Land of the Blind - is a city where old and new collide, and the fallout can be deadly...
In the ruins of the Constantinople hippodrome lies a body: a woman, clutching a piece of red stone. She's recently given birth, but there's no sign of the baby. Inspector CetinIkmendiscovers she was Ariadne Savva, a Byzantine specialist on a crusade to protect the historic areas of Istanbul that property developer Ahmet OEden seeks to destroy and rebuild.
As Ikmensearches for the lost child and the facts behind Ariadne's death, the people of Istanbul rise up in protest against their government in Gezi Park. Amid the chaos, Ikmenand his colleague Mehmet Suleymanmust unravel a tale of ancient hostility and modern desires, to find the truth concealed within the secret history of their antique city.
Trained as an actress, Barbara Nadel used to work in mental health services. Born in the East End of London, she now writes full time and has been a visitor to Turkey for over twenty years. She received the Crime Writers' Association Silver Dagger for her novel DEADLY WEB, and the Swedish Flintax Prize for historical crime fiction for her first Francis Hancock novel, LAST RIGHTS. To find out more, follow Barbara on Twitter @BarbaraNadel or visit her website www.barbara-nadel.com