JAKOB ARJOUNI was born in Frankfurt, Germany in 1964, the son of acclaimed German playwright Hans Gunter Michelson. He wrote numerous books, including the novels Chez Max and Magic Hoffmann, which was shortlisted for the IMPAC Award. But it is for his series of five mysteries featuring the Turkish immigrant detective Kemal Kayankaya for which he became best known. Bestsellers throughout Europe and the winner of the German Thriller Prize, they have also been turend into wildly popular movies in his home country. Arjouni died from pancreatic cancer at age forty-eight in January 2013. ANTHEA BELL is one of the world's most acclaimed translators, best known for her translations of the French Asterix comics and a translator of Stefan Zweig and W.G. Sebald.
Praise for Kismet
"As winning a noirish gumshoe as has swooped onto the mystery scene in some time." --Richard Lipez, The Washington Post
"In the emphasis on action and quck-jab dialogue, readers
will notice an echo of James M. Cain and Raymond Chandler, but
Arjouni's stories also brim with the absurd humor that made The
Sopranos so entertaining." --Vikas Turakhia, The Plain
Dealer (Cleveland) "Jakob Arjouni's downbeat detective Kemel
Kayankaya has proved as enigmatic as Columbo, as erudite as Marlowe
and occasionally, as crazed as Hammett's Continental Op . . .
Arjouni forges both a gripping caper and a haunting indictment of
the madness of nationalism, illuminated by brilliant use of
language: magnificent." --The Guardian "This lively,
gripping book sets a high standard for the crime novel as the best
of modern literature." --The Independent "With its snappy
dialogue and rumpled heroes, Arjouni's crime fiction owes an
obvious debt to American noir but it is equally reminiscent of many
Eastern European satirical novels. The plot of Kismet may
recall any number of gangster romps, but the society so caustically
depicted here is as recognizable as that conjured up, for instance,
by Jaroslav Hasek in The Good Soldier Schweik."
--Anna Mudow, The Barnes & Noble Review
"Re-imagines the dull capital of the German financial industry as an urban hell where minority groups and crime bosses prey on one another with ruthless abandon." --The Daily Beast "If you like your investigators tough and sassy, Kayankaya is your guide." --The Sunday Times (London)
"This is true hardboiled detective fiction, realistic, violent and occasionally funny, with a hero who lives up to the best traditions of the genre." --The Daily Telegraph
Praise for One Man, One Murder "Kemal Kayankaya is the ultimate outsider among hard-boiled private eyes." --Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review
"A zippy, deliciously dirty tour of legal fleshpots and low-down scams victimizing illegal aliens . . . Plotted with verve and written with passion." --Kirkus Reviews
"The book is as hard-boiled as private eye stories come." --The Toronto Star
Praise for Happy Birthday, Turk!
"The greatest German mystery since World War II." --S ddeutsche (Germany) International Praise for Jacob Arjouni's Kayankaya novels "A worthy grandson of Marlowe and Spade." --Der Stern (Germany) "Jakob Arjouni writes the best urban thrillers since Raymond Chandler." --Tempo (UK) "A genuine storyteller who beguiles his readers without the need of tricks." --L'Unit (Italy) "Arjouni is a master of authentic background descriptions and an original story teller." --SonntagsZeitung (Germany) "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 Pa s (Spain) "His virtuosity, humor and feeling for tension are a ray of hope in literature on the other side of the Rhine." --Actuel (France) "Pitch-black noir." --La Depeche (France)