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The Istanbul Puzzle

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Buried deep under Istanbul, a secret is about to resurface with explosive consequences…

Alex Zegliwski has been savagely beheaded. His body found in an underground archaeological dig, hidden beneath the holy temple of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul.

When Sean arrives in the ancient city to identify his colleague’s body, he is handed an envelope of photographs belonging to Alek and soon finds himself in grave danger. Someone wants him dead but why?

Aided by British diplomat Isabel Sharp, Sean begins to unravel the mystery of the mosaics in the photographs and inch closer to snaring Alek’s assassin. Evil is at work and when a lethal virus is unleashed on the city, panic spreads fast. Time is running out for Sean and Isabel. They must catch the killer before it’s too late.

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An electrifying conspiracy thriller which will entice fans of Scott Mariani, Sam Bourne and Dan Brown.


•'This stylish conspiracy thriller is a Turkish delight…combines plenty of stirring action with fascinating historical detail about a city and a country [Laurence] quite obviously loves.' Irish Independent

• 'A brisk plot…which draws the reader into a conspiratorial rapport…He's come late to fiction, clearly he means to enjoy it.' Telegraph

About the author

Laurence was born in Dublin. He studied business, then IT at Oxford University. After going to England he paid for his own courses and began rising at 4AM so he could study and work at the same time. One early job was as a kitchen porter near the Bank of England cleaning the plates of the well connected. He stayed in squats in London and struggled for years. Laurence was first published by a school newspaper when he was ten, for a short story about aliens getting lost. Thirty-five years later, he attended a authonomy workshop and not long after was offered a publishing contract for three books. The first of which, The Istanbul Puzzle, won the Outstanding Novel award at the Southern California writer’s conference in 2007.

Customer Reviews

The Istanbul Puzzle

This is a well crafted work of fiction sandwiched very much in reality. From the murder on the first few pages you are carried on a whitewater ride through Turkey, Iraq London, to name a places, into the depths of history.
Sean Ryan is a man out of his depth and this is what I liked most about the book. His emotions and reactions are plausible. He is not an anti-hero nor the hero. He is a man struggling to come to terms with his own past but even more he's struggling to stay alive to see his future.

I loved it. If you're a fan of the Bourne series or Dan Brown you'll eat this up.


The Istanbul Puzzle

Excellent book, kept me entranced for two days - couldn't put it down. Thoroughly recommended.

Thoroughly enjoyable

I have just finished reading The Istanbul Puzzle and must say that I enjoyed it very much. It's one of those books that you just don't want to put down. I visited Istanbul last year and found it an amazing City and this book brought those memories back, the buildings, the atmosphere, the buzz, the sites, sounds and smells that this City of two continents fills you with.

However, what I found as much fun and maybe this is because I'm a relative new convert to using iBooks is the way you can pop in and out of the book to visit the web to either look up a place you have never been to or refresh your memory about one that you have. It certainly helps you to visualise the settings of the characters. Plus and I'm not too proud to admit it; using the dictionary definition facility for those odd words, enhances the whole reading game.

So, well done to Laurence O'Bryan for a great read and iBooks for making the whole reading experience so pleasurable.

The Istanbul Puzzle
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  • £2.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Crime & Thrillers
  • Published: 19 January 2012
  • Publisher: Avon
  • Print Length: 416 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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