Dead of Night – Barbara Nadel

Inspector Ikmen from istanbul is in Detroit for a police conference, when he meets an old man claiming Turkish roots, who asks Ikmen for help in finding out who killed the old man’s son, many years ago. Of course, the locals are not keen on wasting time on an old, cold case, and Ikmen has no status or authority in Detroit. But with the slightest interest shown by Ikmen in helping the old man, there is a deadly train of events set in place, with Ikmen at the center.

At the same time, back in Istanbul, a serial rapist is being released from prison after serving his sentence, and the joys of internet fandom for the rapist are causing consternation. The men and women of Ikmen’s station have their own challenges, it appears.

Although most of the book takes place in Detroit, away from the usual Ikmen backdrop of Istanbul, it has to be said that the author does as good a job in making the place seem alive and realistic. Ikmen, of course, carries the story too. And it’s a story featuring the curses visited on Detroit (of drugs, inner city decay, racial conflict, and corruption) which is well paced and well told. Nadel does a great job of maintaining connections with the Istanbul thread going on at the same time, but that is a bonus rather than essential.

In short, it’s a good crime story, told with class, peopled with real characters, and presented in authentic settings. It entertains and educates.

Score: 8/10.