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Jakob Arjouni - book author

Jakob Arjouni (alias of Jakob Bothe) published his first novel Happy Birthday, Türke! (1985) at the age of 20.Later he wrote his first play Die Garagen. He became famous after publishing his criminal novel Kayankaya, which was then translated into 10 different languages.

In 1987, he received the Baden-Württembergischen Autorenpreis für das deutschsprachige Jugendtheater for his play Nazim schiebt ab. In 1992, he received the German Crime Fiction Prize for One Man, One Murder. He died, aged 48, in Berlin, after a long fight against pancreatic cancer.

Jakob Arjouni is the author of books: Happy Birthday, Türke! (Kayankaya #1), Kismet, Magic Hoffmann, More Beer, Idiots: Five Fairy Tales and Other Stories, Hausaufgaben, One Man, One Murder, Cherryman jagt Mister White, Brother Kemal (Kayankaya, #5), Chez Max

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Ein Türke wird in einem Bordell ermordet. Für die Polizei offenbar kein Grund für genaue Ermittlungen. Da engagiert die Witwe den Privatdetektiv Kemal Kayankaya, und der wirbelt Staub auf.
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It all began with a favor. Kayankaya and Slibulsky were only trying to protect their friend Romario from his protectors, men who were demanding hard cash for the service. It ended with two bodies on the floor of Romario's restaurant, their faces covered in ghostly white makeup. Kayankaya is determined to track down their identities, when he realizes that he himself is being pursued by a faceless and utterly ruthless criminal gang. A new element has broken into the established order of Frankfurt gangland: battle-hardened Croatian nationalists. And when Kayankaya rescues Bosnian teenager Leila from a refugee hostel, the stakes get even higher. This thrilling, utterly captivating novel is the perfect fix for fans of literary noir.
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Fred, Nickel und Annette träumen einen Traum, und der trägt den Namen Kanada. Dort könnte man leben, wie man will, fischen und fotografieren, weit weg vom Muff der Provinz. Doch von Dieburg nach Vancouver kommt man nicht ohne Umweg. Für Fred führt dieser über den Knast in das Berlin nach dem Mauerfall, wo er Nickel, Annette und sein Geld abholen will. So wars besprochen doch the times they are changing.
Treffsicher zeichnet der Autor ein Bild unserer Zeit, unseres Landes und das eines jungen Mannes namens Magic Hoffmann.
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“Kemal Kayankaya is the ultimate outsider among hard-boiled private eyes.”
—Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review

OVER 1 MILLION COPIES SOLD WORLDWIDE

Turkish detective Kemal Kayankaya might not know when it’s recycling day, but now he has to help four eco-terrorists beat a murder rap...


Wisecracking PI Kemal Kayankaya cares more about sausage and beer than politics, but when he’s hired to defend four eco-terrorists charged with murdering a chemical plant owner he finds himself stuck in the middle of Germany’s culture wars. It doesn’t take long for Kayankaya to realize that the whole situation stinks and that both the Left and the Right have blood on their hands. And is the fiery journalist Carla Reedermann dogging his steps because she smells a story, or is she after something more?

A hardboiled noir in the Chandler tradition that also provides a wry critique of contemporary racial and environmental politics, More Beer shows why Jakob Arjouni’s series of Kayankaya novels has become a bestselling international sensation.
05
Like a postmodern Aesop, Jakob Arjouni wittily punctures pretension and self-deception. These tales are characterized by ironic humor with an underlying note of melancholy.

Among the delightful idiots collected here, the author offers a domineering mother whose rock star son fails to appreciate her efforts on his behalf; a hopeful young movie director with a bad case of writer's block; and an aging author of pulp fiction trying to write one good, serious book before he dies. They are all visited by a fairy who offers to grant one wish, with the exceptions of immortality, health, money, and love. Their wishes, once granted, have stinging consequences--the resolutions of which read like an updated version of the Brothers Grimm. A would-be novelist, whose marriage is on the rocks, longs for excitement and soon finds himself taken hostage by a girl bank robber; and a mysterious old man who comes to a village to end his days in peace winds up the close acquaintance of the local drunk.
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War er seiner Familie, seinen Schülern nicht immer ein leuchtendes Vorbild? Und nun muss Deutschlehrer Joachim Linde »peinlichstes Privatleben« vor seinen Kollegen ausbreiten, um seine Haut zu retten. Denn alles in seinem Leben scheint die schlimmstmögliche Wendung genommen zu haben.
07
Ein neuer Fall für Kayankaya. Schauplatz Frankfurt, genauer: der Kiez mit seinen eigenen Gesetzen, die feinen Wohngegenden im Taunus, der Flughafen. Kayankaya sucht ein Mädchen aus Thailand. Sie ist in jenem gesetzlosen Raum verschwunden, in dem Flüchtlinge, die um Asyl nachsuchen, unbemerkt und ohne Spuren zu hinterlassen leicht verschwinden können. Was Kayankaya dabei über den Weg und in die Quere läuft, von den heimlichen Herren Frankfurts über korrupte Bullen und fremdenfeindliche Beamte in den Ausländerbehörden bis zu Parteigängern der Republikaner mit ihrer Hetze gegen alles Fremde und Andere, erzählt Arjouni klar, ohne Sentimentalität, witzig, souverän.
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Die Wünsche des achtzehnjährigen Rick klingen bescheiden: eine Lehrstelle als Gärtner, ein nettes Mädchen, vielleicht mal der Abdruck einer seiner Comicgeschichten in einer Zeitschrift. In dem verlorenen Kaff Storlitz bei Berlin klingt das wie ein Sechser im Lotto. Doch auf einmal scheint Rick den Sechser zu haben: die ersehnte Lehrstelle, noch dazu im großen, lauten, wunderbaren Berlin, und die schöne Gemüsehändlerin Marilyn, mit der er von einer gemeinsamen Zukunft träumt. Wären da nicht die Umstände, die dazu geführt haben: eine dubiose Organisation und ihre Handlanger, eine Gang verwahrloster Jugendlicher, die Ricks Glück an eine furchtbare Bedingung knüpfen. Für Rick eine Achterbahnfahrt zwischen Verzweiflung und Hoffnung, Feigheit und Stärke, vor der er sich in seine Comics flüchtet. Dort sind die Dinge einfach: Der Held Cherryman jagt den Quallenmenschen Mister White, um ihn ein für alle Mal zu erledigen. So schafft es Rick, mit Cherrymans Hilfe die Wirklichkeit in den Griff zu kriegen. Anfangs jedenfalls. Am Ende ist die Wirklichkeit stärker.
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After more than 25 years, the return of Kemal Kayankaya, "The ultimate outsider among hard-boiled private eyes" (Marilyn Stasio in The New York Times Book Review).

Jakob Arjouni's first novel-Happy Birthday, Turk!-was published when he was just eighteen. The book and its beleaguered hero, Turkish P.I. Kemal Kayankaya, instantly found an adoring audience throughout Europe, and three more bestselling Kayankaya novels quickly followed.

Now, more than twenty-five years later-after publishing a string of critically acclaimed literary novels-Arjouni returns to his most beloved character, Kayankaya…who finds that while things in Frankfurt have gotten glitzier, it's still the ugliest town in all of Germany, and the city's underworld has hardly changed at all.

Valerie de Chavannes, a financier's daughter, summons Kayankaya to her villa in Frankfurt's diplomat's quarter and commissions him to find her missing sixteen-year-old daughter. She is alleged to be with an older man who is posing as an artist. To Kayankaya, it seems like a simple case: an upper class girl with a taste for adventure.

Then another seemingly posh job turns up: a major publisher needs to protect a writer who has offended Islamist groups during the Frankfurt Book Fair.

The two cases seem to be straightforward, but it goes all wrong for Kayankaya, as it almost always does. Luckily, that's when he's at his best.