Chapter 1, Origins of an Obsession* The novel begins with a quote by Sir Thomas Browne. * The first chapter, "Origins of an Obsession", introduces the character of Charles Latimer. * Latimer was a university professor who became famous writing detective novels. * The author flashes forward to the character of Dimitrios and Latimer's connection to him. * The story flashes back to Latimer's history, as he quits the university to focus on his writing. * Latimer wrote four detective novels and then decided to take a vacation. * He goes to Turkey, where he lodges at Madame Chavez's villa. * There, he meets a man named Colonel Haki. * Colonel Haki is an officer, and loves Latimer's novels. He asks Latimer to join him for lunch, and Latimer accepts. * As they lunch, the Colonel talks about his own ideas for a novel, and asks Latimer if he would like to see his notes. * At the Colonel's...
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