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Red Dress in Black and White by Elliot Ackerman
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May 26, 2020 | ISBN 9780525521815

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“Cunning, atmospheric and filled with surprises in ways that call to mind the fiction of Joseph Conrad and John le Carré. Partly an ethical Rorschach test and partly a thriller in the vein of The Year of Living Dangerously, it’s the best novel yet from Ackerman . . . It’s also a ton of tangled fun . . . Splendidly gnarly.” Seattle Times
“Shrewd, intricately plotted, propulsive . . . Ackerman has been compared with Hemingway, for the clarity of his prose and his international settings. And there’s something of Graham Greene, too.” Washington Post

“Having worked so impressively at overturning the conventions of war fiction, Ackerman has now written a novel without a single soldier in it . . . He’s decided on a different sort of drama, a territory of intrigue and tricks, entirely absorbing, with other sources of suspense . . . Ackerman’s rich knowledge of Turkey is evident on every page.” New York Times Book Review
“At once suspenseful and delicate, Red Dress in Black and White deftly depicts love in a brutal time.” —  

“Full of political intrigue, extramarital affairs, and unfulfilled ambition.” —The Millions

“The whole book is taut, balanced between order and chaos, just like Istanbul in that summer of 2013.” Associated Press

“This absolutely riveting novel moves rapidly . . . An attention-grabbing, cleverly plotted, character-driven yarn . . . In Agatha Christie fashion, Ackerman gathers his characters for what appears to be the grand finale but saves the true reveal for the very end.” Library Journal (starred)
“Ackerman’s trademark prose evocatively captures the strained nature of contemporary Turkish life . . . Deftly hints at a shadowy world that exists just out of frame and is one that lives long in the memory.” Booklist
“Deftly plotted.” Kirkus Reviews
Red Dress in Black and White asks thought-provoking questions about the place of power both in love and in politics. For those who witnessed it, it is impossible to forget Gezi; same goes for this book.” —Özgür Mumcu, columnist for Cumhuriyet and best-selling author of Peace Machine

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