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Bestselling author RK Khoury explores some of the biggest political questions of our time in a propulsive thriller set in a Europe ruled by the Ottoman Empire.

Kamal Arslan Agha is a patriot, loyal to the Sultan and his dominion over Europe. As a Special Investigator for the Tashkeelat-i Hafiye - the secret police - Kamal is on the front lines of the empire's harsh response to the increasing political and economic turmoil throughout the continent. But the Caliphate's efforts to impose law and order spare no one, and soon, Kamal's own family draws the attention of the Hafiye's ever-watchful eye.

His brother and sister-in-law have stumbled onto a secret, a piece of knowledge so profoundly dangerous that the Caliphate will do anything to suppress it. With the very foundations of the Empire under threat, Kamal's family has only one choice: they must run. And whether or not they escape the long-arm of the Hafiye will determine not only their own fate, but the existence of the Caliphate itself - its past, its present, and its future.

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  • Trade Paperback

    9780241371169

    June 4, 2019

    Michael Joseph

    560 pages

    RRP $32.99

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  • Hardback

    9780241371152

    May 30, 2019

    Michael Joseph

    576 pages

    RRP $39.99

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  • The Ottoman Secret
    Raymond Khoury

    EBook

    9780241371176

    May 30, 2019

    Penguin eBooks

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Extract

Prologue

Topkapi Palace, Istanbul

September 1682

The sultan wasn’t sure what woke him up.

A ruffle of air, a barely detectable flutter of movement, a disturbance at the edge of his consciousness. Whatever it was, it was enough to cause him to stir within the lush expanse of his bedding and crack open his eyes, slightly at first as they adjusted to the faint light of the glowing embers in the fireplace, then jolting wide once they focused to reveal the tall figure standing by the side of his bed.

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