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National Book Award finalist returns with stellar 'Red Dress'

May 31, 2020 - The Seattle Times

Five problematic characters with five thoroughly different agendas propel a 7-year-old boy's life in anxious directions in Elliot Ackerman's splendidly gnarly new novel, "Red Dress in Black and White." Set in Istanbul in the years just before and after the 2013 Gezi Park anti-government protests in Turkey, the book is cunning, atmospheric and filled with surprises in ways that call to mind the fiction of Joseph Conrad and John le Carré. Partly an ethical Rorschach test and partly a thriller i...