"Endgame...goes deeper than a simple mystery to be solved. "
An un-named novelist comes to a small un-named town on Turkey's Mediterranean coast. It is a close-knit community, though the writer soon realises that the place seethes with hatred, feuds, passion and corruption. Not only that, on a hill overlooking the town is a ruined church where a great treasure is supposed to be hidden, and where one of the Apostles is alleged to be buried. We first meet the writer as he sits on a bench in the dead of night, a gun in hand. He has just murdered someone.
This is where Ahmet Altan stands the mystery novel on its head. We know who did it, and how it was done - but who was the victim? What was the motive? The writer, as he sits there, takes us on a journey through time up until the shooting. Was the victim Mustafa Gürz, the town mayor? Or was it Zuhal, who was in love with Mustafa, but was having an affair with the writer? Raci Bey, a corrupt businessman? His son, the hot-headed Rahmi? Kamil Hanim, Rahmi's mother, with whom the writer was also having an affair? Was it Oleander, a gang boss who wants to sell the beach? His nephew Sultan? Or Muhacir, another gang boss?