Hard Word Book Club Travels to Germany

happy birthday turk


As part of our June book club celebration of International Crime Fiction Month, the Hard Word Book Club reads Jacob Arjouni’s Happy Birthday, Turk! on Wednesday, June 24th, at 7 PM in BookPeople’s cafe.


Like all of our mystery book clubs this month, the Hard Word Book Club will be celebrating International Crime Fiction Month. This month, we’ve selected a German novel by Jacob Arjouni, Happy Birthday, Turk!. Arjouni, in his detective novels, used his Turkish-but-raised-by-German-parents PI, Kemal Kayankaya, to portray complex relationships between Germans and Turkish immigrants.

“The book reads like a German Rockford Files episode with a leftist bent.”

Komal is a Turkish transplant in Germany with many of the attributes of his American PI counterparts, particularly when it comes to wisecracks. In fact, the book reads like a German Rockford Files episode with a leftist bent. In Happy Birthday, Turk!, he is hired to look into the murder of a fellow immigrant the police have written off, getting roughed up and even gassed on his road to the truth.

Under 170 pages, Happy Birthday, Turk! works as a fast and fun mystery as well as giving an inside look at immigrant life. We should have plenty to talk about when we meet on Wenseday, June 24th, 7PM on the third floor. The book is 10% off to those who attend.


Copies are available on our shelves and via bookpeople.com. All book clubs are free and open to the public, and book club members receive 10% off of their purchase of their monthly book club title.

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