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The Abyssinian Proof: A Kamil Pasha Novel (Kamil Pasha Novels)

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"An immensely enjoyable read, richly textured and wonderfully atmospheric."—Sarah Graves
Constantinople, May 1453. In the dying days of the Byzantine Empire, Isaak Metochites and his family are entrusted with a silver reliquary carved with the figure of a weeping angel and the inscription: Behold the Proof of Chora, Container of the Uncontainable. Four hundred years later, magistrate Kamil Pasha is plagued by thefts of antiquities from mosques and churches and a series of murders in which the bodies bear the same distinctive mark. Sources lead Kamil to a hidden sect descended from Abyssinian slaves living in an abandoned cistern in Istanbul's gritty underworld. The reemergence of the forgotten reliquary sets off a brutal race between those sworn to protect it and those who will stop at nothing to gain its explosive secret.

Publishers Weekly Review

Oct 01, 2007 – A mysterious, holy grail–like object, a document with the potential to “bring about peace between the different peoples of the world,” is at the center of White's erudite second novel set in late 19th-century Istanbul and featuring city magistrate Kamil Pasha (after The Sultan's Seal). The minister of justice, Kamil's boss, orders him to find the thieves who are looting Istanbul of its religious relics and selling them to unscrupulous dealers in London. Kamil's friend Malik, the caretaker of a local mosque, has a specific task for him—locating a stolen reliquary, a silver box that contains a secret message known as the Proof of God. Kamil—smart, brave and compassionate—proves an appealing sleuth. Intriguing love interests include the daughter of the leader of the strange Abyssinian sect to which the reliquary belongs. White, a professor of anthropology, clearly knows her period and place, though some readers may wish that she had toned down the esoteric knowledge and upped the thriller quotient. Author tour.
The Abyssinian Proof: A Kamil Pasha Novel (Kamil Pasha Novels)
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  • Category: Historical
  • Published: Mar 16, 2009
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
  • Seller: W. W. Norton
  • Print Length: 400 Pages
  • Language: English
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