Somer's fourth Turkish Delight mystery (after 2009's The Gigolo Murder) starts with transvestite nightclub owner Burçak Veral feeling nervous about appearing on a prestigious TV talk show to discuss transvestism. In a great meta-moment, the show's other guest is author Somer, "who had artfully augmented [Burçak's] adventures, using them as fodder for his novels." All goes smoothly until a viewer phones in promising to put an end to the transvestite's "inner peace" by killing those near and dear to him. Burçak desperately tries to protect those he loves as he searches for clues to the lunatic's identity, but not every reader will be charmed by a character who, however original a lead, fits the stock image of a transvestite as materialistic, vain, and drama prone. Some truly creepy moments, like the discovery of a revealing CD in a murdered man's apartment, compensate in part for a plot largely lacking in energy. (Jan.)
Reviewed on: 11/05/2012 Release date: 12/24/2012 Genre: Fiction
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