Book Review: Sis ve Gece, by Ahmet Ümit

Very well written account of the complex life of Sedat, a Turkish komiser, and the sometimes tortured inner workings and political dealings between state intelligence and Turkish law enforcement. Which proves to be not quite as tortured as Sedat’s own dark soul as he becomes obsessed with uncovering the fate of his missing young lover, Mine, while trying to keep his relationship with her a secret from his wife and children and his colleagues. I rather wish I hadn’t watched the movie first (which was quite good and worth seeing) if only because my knowledge of the story and its outcome made the clues in Ümit’s tale easier to catch. But I imagine a reader with no previous knowledge of this story will be kept quite intrigued, eager to follow Sedat’s investigation through to the wonderfully crafted end.

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