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.
Anselm Hollo is the author of more than thirty books, most recently the essay collection "Caws & Causeries" and" Notes on the Possibilities and Attractions of Existence: New and Selected Poems 1965-2000," which received the San Francisco Poetry Center's Book Award for 2001. His translation of Pentii Saarikoski's Trilogy received the 2004 Harold Morton Landon Translation Award from the Academy of American Poets.
"Kemal Kayankaya is the ultimate outsider among hard-boiled private
--Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review
Praise for Arjouni's Kayankaya
"Kemal Kayankaya is the ultimate outsider among hard-boiled private eyes."
--Marilyn Stasio, "The New York Times Book Review"
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 Newi