Assassins of Athens Description
From Publishers Weekly Beware of Greeks bearing grudges, especially when they’re as rich, resourceful and ruthless as the killers who dog Athens Chief Insp. Andreas Kaldis in Siger’s speedboat-paced second mystery (after 2009’s Murder in Mykonos). The case detonates with a sensational discovery: the body of golden boy Sotiris Kostopoulos, the teenage son of one of Greece’s wealthiest wheeler-dealers, dumped behind a seedy gay bar. Within days his family flees the country. As bodies start dropping from Mykonos to Sardinia, Kaldis finds it increasingly difficult to dismiss hints of a colossal conspiracyâone that might stretch to the loftiest levels of Athenian society as well as way back into its bloodstained past. Readers may not totally buy the book’s audacious premise or the spontaneous combustion between the straight-arrow inspector and a wealthy socialite, but that shouldn’t spoil this suspenseful trip through the rarely seen darker strata of complex, contemporary Greece. (Jan.) Copyright Â© Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. Read more From Booklist *Starred Review* Sigerâs Chief Inspector Kaldis returns in his second outing (following Murder in Mykonos, 2009). He is now head of Athensâ Special Crimes Division after his politically unfriendly investigative methods got him transferred. When a teenage boyâs body is found in a dumpster outside a gay bar in one of Athensâ seediest districts, Kaldis hopes it will turn out to be a simple, straightforward case. But this one is far from simple as the investigators soon realize: the body was dumped by the bar several hours after death, and the victim is the son of one of Athensâ prominent nouveaux riche families, whose members just happen to be feuding with one of Athensâ oldest families. Siger creates a heady mix of Greek politics and culture, drawing on the ancient practice of banishment, the countryâs student revolutionaries, and its notoriously corrupt officials. Kaldis, assisted by fellow officer Kouris, super-secretary and gossip-fountain Maggie, and socialite and possible love interest Lila, must navigate these turbulent waters to solve the murder and save other victims from the same killer. This is international police procedural writing at its best and should be recommended, in particular, to readers who enjoy Leighton Gageâs Brazilian police stories (Buried Strangers, 2009) or Hakan Nesserâs Swedish inspector Van Veeteren (Borkmannâs Point, 2006). –Jessica Moyer Read more See all Editorial Reviews
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