Yes it’s now on Kindle and under the new cover by Ngaio. Already it has had a favorable review, not this time by the author! What follows is the blurb that accompanies it for Amazon:

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The Kindle version of the ‘Hunt for the Hassamboulia’ appears under a new cover designed by Ngaio Macfarlane. On it three of the gang appear on the faded copy of an old map of the Great Valleys of Western Cyprus: the ‘Wild West’ that the outlaws ranged over, ‘ free as birds’. The shadow cast by the taller of the three is the yatagan (knife) that appeared on the original cover. That yatagan was the weapon used in the murder that brought the younger brothers into the story.

The map fades into a skyline of mountainous terrain that still exists today. This is the country that sheltered Dighenis (Col Grivas) in the late 1950s against all the best efforts of a modern army. Is it surprising that the recently arrived British should have had such difficulty in bringing the Hassamboulia to justice in the late 19C?

The Hassamboulia were Turkish Cypriots. Three brothers of contrasting character, fated to embark on a career of crime, over what should have been an insignificant local quarrel. Their exploits became progressively more and more outrageous, so that they became living legends. The story of the Hassamboulia still resonates in the folk lore of the region. When the print version of the book was published in 2007, copies sold like hot cakes, especially in Northern Cyprus.

This version of their exploits is based on a police report from the 1930s, forty years after they were finally caught. Their crimes, form the backdrop to a fictionalized account of their career, their personalities, their relationships and motivations.

As the new cover demonstrates, the geography still exists in which these legendary outlaws have been hunted down three times already: by the Brits, by the old policeman who wrote the 1930s report, and by the author. If you decide to join the Hunt for the Hassamboulia, the reward is to be enjoyed in savouring the places that echo with their history. Financial rewards? Sorry! The hundred pounds on offer for the Hassamboulia, was shared long ago between three informers. Grivas, with Stg 10,000 on his head, managed to evade capture in hiding, not in the mountains, but in Limassol. His EOKA organisation could not have survived, however, without their hideouts, some of which can still be visited in the mountains.

 

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