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 conspiracy—one 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.)
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*Starred Review* Siger’s Chief Inspector Kaldis returns in his second outing (following Murder in Mykonos, 2009). He is now head of Athens’ Special Crimes Division after his politically unfriendly investigative methods got him transferred. When a teenage boy’s body is found in a dumpster outside a gay bar in one of Athens’ 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 Athens’ prominent nouveaux riche families, whose members just happen to be feuding with one of Athens’ oldest families. Siger creates a heady mix of Greek politics and culture, drawing on the ancient practice of banishment, the country’s 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 Gage’s Brazilian police stories (Buried Strangers, 2009) or Hakan Nesser’s Swedish inspector Van Veeteren (Borkmann’s Point, 2006). --Jessica Moyer