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The Prophet Murders
Mehmet Murat Somer, trans, from the Turkish by Kenneth Dakan. Serpent's Tail, $14.95 paper (242p) ISBN
Set in modern Istanbul and narrated by a nameless transvestite, this first in Somer's Hop-Ciki-Yaya series is a strange blend of blithe and bloody, more about atmosphere than the mystery itself. A serial killer is murdering transvestites, and the narrator, who kick-boxes for fun and owns part of a …