Hello, and thanks for visiting my blog.
My name is Leigh Turner, writer and ex-ambassador. I used to write under the name of Robert Pimm. You’ll find references to him in older posts on this site.
I started writing in 1986 when I was working at the British Embassy in Vienna. One night, my girlfriend was late for a date. While I waited, I had an idea that turned into my first novel. When worked at the British Embassy in Moscow 1992-95, someone told me to “write about what you know”. I wrote a thriller set in early 1990s Russia.
My next two books are my Istanbul thriller Palladium, due out with Immortal Works Press in May 2022; and my handbook The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Diplomacy, due autumn 2022 or spring 2023. Again, both will be published under the name Leigh Turner, rather than Robert Pimm.
As archaeology professor Elif Mutlu races against time to complete research at the site of Arzu Pasha’s smart new “Heart of Istanbul” mall, rumours swirl that Elif will discover the Palladium itself. An exclusive interview by Misty Anderson.
Russian statements about the war in Ukraine – or anything else under the present regime – obey key rules. First: never admit to anything. Second: lying to mislead your enemy, or your own people, is entirely legitimate.
Palladium, an Istanbul thriller, will be published on 17 May. What’s it all about?
Palladium begins like this:
The Janissary warrior, Yusuf Ali-Bey, had triumphed in countless battles. He had slain numberless foes.
He had never known horror such as this.
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