This is, I think, the fifth of Goodwin's inspector Yashim novels, and I think is an improvement other over the last couple. As I think I have posted on previously, my biggest complaint about this series is that the writing is sometimes so sparse that it becomes extraordinarily difficult to ascertain who in a conversation is saying what. I often find myself stopping and analyzing the passages word by word to try to get a clue who a particular line of dialogue should be attributed to, and often decide that there is no clear answer.
This book was better in that respect. I could tell clearly who was saying what, and who is doing what, and while I did still have some trouble keeping some of the characters straight, I could tell what was going on. I enjoyed the plot, and as always the scenes from late Ottoman Istanbul.