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.
Today, Constantinople, great capital of the Christians, would fall. Glory would rain down on him. But only if he, the commander, fulfilled a task so strange he could scarcely believe his orders.
I first conceived the idea of writing Palladium, an Istanbul thriller, when I visited the city in 2011. I started writing the book in 2012 (for a full timeline, see my “how to get published” post). So it’s thrilling to see the book coming out.
Palladium is also the first book I’ve published under my own name, rather than my old pseudonym “Robert Pimm”. That’s exciting, too. I introduced Robert Pimm back in 2014, when the Foreign Office were being spectacularly unhelpful about my writing. Now that I’ve retired, I’m retiring Robert Pimm, too, although he will live on in the Internet here and there.
What’s Palladium all about? It’s a full-blooded white-knuckle thriller. The first section of the book includes flashbacks to the conquest of Constantinople in 1453. You can read a summary and the first three chapters (two of them from 1453) on my newly-updated Palladium page on this site. Click on the link to read it.
No need to do anything now – except read the first three chapters and put 17 May in your calendar. And if you’re in Vienna in late May, come along to one of my readings from Palladium.
If you can’t wait that long, have a look at my author page on Amazon.