Books by Jakob Arjouni

Jakob Arjouni was born in Frankfurt in 1964. He is the author of numerous novels, plays, and screenplays. In 1992, Arjouni was presented with the German Thriller Prize for Ein Mann, ein Mord (One Man, One Murder). He divides his time between Germany and F

KISMET by Jakob Arjouni
by Jakob Arjouni, translated by Anthea Bell
Released: March 1, 2008

"The plot is full of holes and awkward shifts as Kayankaya hurtles from one nest of vipers to the next. But even apart from the obligatory anti-Turkish episode, the unsavory atmosphere is inimitable."
A routine shakedown leads Frankfurt PI Kemal Kayankaya (One Death to Die, 1997, etc.) to a maze of slimy, violent crooks. Read full book review >
IDIOTS by Jakob Arjouni
Released: June 1, 2005

"Are you wishing for a wry, sly book about the human comedy? Wish granted."
Outsized egos take a shellacking in nine crafty, contemporary tales about vanity and the titular "idiots" who succumb to it. Read full book review >
ONE DEATH TO DIE by Jakob Arjouni
Released: April 1, 1997

You'd think it would be easier to find a missing person if you knew where she was, but that hasn't helped Frankfurt businessman Manuel Weidenbusch, whose imported Thai girlfriend Sri Dao Rakdee was kidnapped from under his nose by the crooks who'd promised to forge her a new set of identity papers. And it doesn't help Kemal Kayankaya, the Turkish detective whose caseload seems to revolve around xenophobia (Happy Birthday, Turk!, 1993, etc.). But Sri Dao's winding trail does guarantee Kayankaya a zippy, deliciously dirty tour of legal fleshpots and low-down scams victimizing illegal aliens before he pins the odd homicide to the obvious suspect. Plotted with verve and written with passion, though without the originality of Kayankaya's raffish debut. Read full book review >
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, TURK! by Jakob Arjouni
Released: Oct. 28, 1993

On his 26th birthday, p.i. Kemal Kayankaya—whose passport says German but whose face brands him as a despised Turk—tells Ilter Hamul that he'll try to find out who knifed her husband Ahmed, another Turk the police don't care about. In the three days before he wraps up the case, Kayankaya has time to identify Ilter's sister as a heroin addict, track down Ahmed's girlfriend (a pro in Frankfurt's red-light district), link his father-in-law's fatal accident three years earliler to an ingenious police coverup, and still survive beatings, gas attacks, and a close encounter with a Fiat. A blistering debut (the ``first volume in the bestselling series''): outcast Kayankaya is a perfect hardboiled detective, and the plot has more zip than most of the home-grown competition. Welcome to America, Turk. Read full book review >