From a popular and innovative Turkish author, The Messenger Boy Murders is a darkly comic, irreverent and hypnotic tale, an exploration of humanity’s endless absurdity and its futile attempts to create perfection, cleverly wrapped in a murder mystery. Kicked out of conservatory in his youth, our narrator wanders exotic worlds before returning to his hometown, the Motherland. The Motherland’s inhabitants never talk about evil events, but the messenger boy murders are different. As our increasingly intoxicated narrator attempts to solve the mystery of the deaths of these seemingly perfect creatures, he encounters the city’s strange characters and learns its secrets, including a programme of genetic engineering...The Messenger Boy Murders offers its audience a new perspective on Turkish literature, owing to its unconventional themes and contemporary setting and characters. Literary and even cinematic genres are humorously and irreverently deconstructed to produce an innovative work that is highly readable and entertaining. The novel has unlimited appeal: it is aimed at a general fiction reading audience, but it will also appeal to readers of mystery, fantasy and science fiction.