|'Kemal Kayankaya is the ultimate outsider
among hard-boiled private eyes' - New York Times
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'A worthy grandson of Marlowe and Spade.'
'Jakob Arjouni writes the best urban thrillers since Raymond Chandler'
'There is hardly another German-speaking writer who is as sure of his milieu as Arjouni is. He draws incredibly vivid pictures of people and their fates in just a few words. He is a master of the sketch – and the caricature – who operates with the most economic of means.'
- Die Welt, Berlin
'Kemal Kayankaya is the ultimate outsider among hard-boiled private eyes'
- Marilyn Stasio, New York Times
'Arjouni is a master of authentic background descriptions and an original story teller'
- Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung
'Arjouni tells real-life stories, and they virtually never have a happy ending. He tells them so well, with such flexible dialogue and cleverly maintained tension, that it is impossible to put his books down'
- El País, Madrid
'His virtuosity, humour and feeling for tension are a ray of hope in literature on the other side of the Rhine'
- Actuel, Paris
'Jakob Arjouni is good at virtually everything: gripping stories, situational comedy, loving character sketches and apparently coincidental polemic commentary'
- Süddeutsche Zeitung, Munich
'A genuine storyteller who beguiles his readers without the need of tricks'
- L'Unità, Milan
JAKOB ARJOUNI was born in Frankfurt, Germany in 1964, the son of acclaimed German playwright Hans Gunter Michelson. He has written numerous books, including the novel Magic Hoffmann, which was shortlisted for the IMPAC Award and Chez Max. But it is for his series of five mysteries featuring Turkish immigrant detective Kemal Kayankaya — for which he has become best known. Bestsellers throughout Europe and the winner of the German Thriller Prize, they have also been turned into wildly popular movies in his home country. Sadly Jakob Arjouni died from pancreatic cancer in January 2013, aged just 48.
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