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The Janissary Tree

(2006)
(The first book in the Yashim the Eunuch series)
A novel by

 
Awards
Edgar Awards Best Novel
Macavity Awards Best Novel (nominee)
When Jason Goodwin explored the Ottoman Empire in Lords of the Horizons, The New York Times Book Review hailed it as “a work of dazzling beauty…the rare coming together of historical scholarship…with luminous writing.” Now he returns to Istanbul, with a delicious mystery—The Janissary Tree.

It is 1836. Europe is modernizing, and the Ottoman Empire must follow suit. But just before the Sultan announces sweeping changes, a wave of murders threatens the fragile balance of power in his court. Who is behind them? Only one intelligence agent can be trusted to find out: Yashim Lastname, a man both brilliant and near-invisible in this world. You see, Yashim is a eunuch.

He leads us into the palace's luxurious seraglios and Istanbul's teeming streets, and leans on the wisdom of a dyspeptic Polish ambassador, a transsexual dancer, and a Creole-born queen mother. And he introduces us to the Janissaries. For 400 years, they were the empire's elite soldiers, but they grew too powerful, and ten years ago, the Sultan had them crushed. Are the Janissaries staging a brutal comeback?

The Janissary Tree is the first in a series featuring the most enchanting detective since Precious Ramotswe of The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency. Splendidly paced and illuminating, it belongs beside Caleb Carr's The Alienist and the historical thrillers of Arturo Pérez-Reverte.

Genre: Historical Mystery    Get it on Google Play

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Hardback Editions

August 2006 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Janissary Tree. Signed.
Author(s): Jason Goodwin
ISBN: 0-374-17856-9 / 978-0-374-17856-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: NY: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (2006).
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June 2006 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Janissary Tree ('Yashim the Eunuch' Mystery)
Author(s): Jason Goodwin
ISBN: 0-571-22921-2 / 978-0-571-22921-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber and Faber
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May 2006 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Janissary Tree: A Novel (Investigator Yashim)
Author(s): Jason Goodwin
ISBN: 0-374-17860-7 / 978-0-374-17860-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Sarah Crichton Books
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Paperback Editions

June 2007 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Janissary Tree (Yashim the Ottoman Detective)
Author(s): Jason Goodwin
ISBN: 0-571-22924-7 / 978-0-571-22924-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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May 2006 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Janissary Tree: A Novel (Investigator Yashim)
Author(s): Jason Goodwin
ISBN: 0-312-42613-5 / 978-0-312-42613-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Picador
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January 2007 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Janissary Tree (A 'Yashim the Eunuch' Mystery)
Author(s): Jason Goodwin
ISBN: 0-571-22923-9 / 978-0-571-22923-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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May 2006 : UK Paperback
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Title: Janissary Tree ('Yashim the Eunuch' Mystery)
Author(s): Jason Goodwin
ISBN: 0-571-22922-0 / 978-0-571-22922-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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Audio Editions

July 2008 : UK Audio CD
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Title: The Janissary Tree (Yashim the Ottoman Detective)
Author(s): Jason Goodwin
ISBN: 0-571-24032-1 / 978-0-571-24032-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Availability: Amazon UK   


August 2007 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Janissary Tree: A Novel (Yashim the Eunuch)
Author(s): Jason Goodwin
ISBN: 1-4001-0504-8 / 978-1-4001-0504-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tantor Audio
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August 2007 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Janissary Tree: A Novel (Yashim the Eunuch)
Author(s): Jason Goodwin
ISBN: 1-4001-3504-4 / 978-1-4001-3504-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tantor Audio
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August 2007 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: The Janissary Tree: A Novel (Yashim the Eunuch)
Author(s): Jason Goodwin
ISBN: 1-4001-5504-5 / 978-1-4001-5504-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tantor Audio
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September 2007 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Janissary Tree: A Novel
Author(s): Jason Goodwin
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Availability: Amazon   


September 2007 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Janissary Tree: A Novel
Author(s): Jason Goodwin
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Availability: Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

December 2010 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Janissary Tree (Yashim the Ottoman Detective Book 1)
Author(s): Jason Goodwin
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Availability: Amazon UK   


April 2010 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Janissary Tree: A Novel (Investigator Yashim Book 1)
Author(s): Jason Goodwin
Publisher: Sarah Crichton Books
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