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Assassins of Athens (Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis Mysteries Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Jeffrey Siger
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Book Description

When the body of a boy from one of Greece’s most prominent families turns up in a dumpster in one of Athens’ worst neighborhoods, Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis of the Greek Police’s Special Crimes Division is certain there’s a message in the murder. But who sent it and why? Andreas’ politically incorrect search for answers takes him deep into the sordid, criminal side of Athens nightlife and then to the glittering world of Athens society where age-old frictions between old money and new breed jealousy, murder, revenge, revolutionaries, and some very dangerous truths. It is a journey amid ruthless, powerful adversaries that brings Andreas face-to-face with old grudges, new emotions, ancient Athenian practices, and modern political realities once thought unimaginable.

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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

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  • File Size: 566 KB
  • Print Length: 286 pages
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  • Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press (May 25, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0042FZPV8
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top notch mystery September 2, 2010
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When I read the first book in this series, "Murder in Mykonos," last year, I enjoyed it so much that I was eager to see what the author would do next. He doesn't disappoint! "Assassins of Athens" has chief inspector Kaldis back again, this time transferred back to Athens. The story opens with the discovery of a young man's body in a dumpster -- turns out the young man has a rather unexpected background.

Oh, how to describe how fine this plot is done without giving a spoiler??! Let's just say that it is a wonderful story of revenge, xenophobia, duplicity, and greed! And, the best recommendation of all: I was sure through most of the book that a certain surprise twist was coming, and it never happened! I wasn't able to correctly guess the outcome, yet it all made perfect sense. I love that!

I recommend this mystery 100% and look forward to more! I love Kaldis and have high hopes for future books!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The dark side of Greece February 20, 2012
This, the second of the Inspector Kaldis mysteries takes place mostly in Athens, where all is not beautiful. Corruption, warring wealthy families and a foreboding of what is coming to Greece make this a very suspenseful and involving book. The suspense is excellent, there are numerous dangerous moments which approach thriller status. Kaldis is delightful and as usual, Siger makes the Greek landscape come alive. That makes this armchair traveler very happy. He even gives Kaldis a lady friend. It is a little surreal to read of government missteps given what is going on in Greece today (2012). Assassins of Athens is a very satisfying book. I find Siger's writing charming, taut, and vibrant, and I am in the middle of the third book now-Prey at Patmos, and I am having trouble putting it down.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars GREEK POLITICAL SUSPENSE NOVEL September 27, 2010
Book 2 of the Chief Inspector Kaldis series. Begins with the dead body of one of Athen's richest families only son being found in a dumpster. This book is very political in its horror. Murder, deceit and the underbelly of Athens figure into this plot. Kaldis even gets to return to Mykonos for a brief time. Very interesting.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the first book. April 27, 2013
By puzzler
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Although pretty well written, the focus on inside politics of Greece and more specifically Athens, was lost on me and because of that the book was on the boring side and from my point of view the plot suffered from it as he failed to move the plot forward when he should have. Sometimes authors spend so much time showing the reader how much research they did for the book and how knowledgeable they are of their subject that they spend way too little time on the actual plot.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Assassins of Athens July 14, 2010
By Rosie
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Fantastic mystery that keeps you in suspense for the entire book. A great read and you'll love it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best Greek Mystery June 5, 2010
The novel is a heady mix of Greek politics, ancient and modern Greek society, and distorted nationalism. A great plot, a bit of romance, and some very interesting characters. I liked the Inspector and his cohorts in the Athens police, and the description of the island of Mykonos, where some of the action takes place.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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First Line: Andreas Kaldis once read or heard somewhere that the chatter never stopped in Athens.

The body of a teenage boy from one of Greece's most prominent families has turned up in a dumpster in one of Athens' worst neighborhoods. Since the boy's father is known for his tenacity and ruthlessness, Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis of the Greek Police's Special Crimes Division believes that the killer was sending a message. The question is: who sent the message... and why? Kaldis' investigation takes him deep into Athens nightlife and high society, and he begins to understand that the roots of this murder lie deep in the age-old frictions between old money and new.

Shame on me. It's been two years since I read the first book in the Andreas Kaldis series, Murder on Mykonos. I loved that first book so much that I immediately got my hands on the next two books in the series (and have since got my hands on the fourth). I don't do that very often, so you can see by that how much I enjoyed my first meeting with Kaldis. I've made a resolution that I would read more of the books languishing away on my shelves this year, and tops on my list was Assassins of Athens. Why, oh why did I wait so long???

There are times when reading a book that I sense that what I'm reading is exactly the way it is. The author has captured a place, a culture, a people, precisely the way they are, and that if I were ever to visit there, it would feel familiar to me-- just from reading that author's books. That's how I feel when I read Jeffrey Siger's novels.

Siger's main character Andreas Kaldis isn't always politically correct, but he always insists on getting the job done right.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Terrific. Fast paced read. April 1, 2013
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This is my third book in the series. As a teen I lived in Athens Greece; this brought back great memories. Realistic portrayal of the struggles of an ancient country trying to maintain its control over being taken over by the influx of terrorist immigrants from the former Soviet Block countries .
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Read
l love this whole series. The mystery keeps you rivited, but what I love most is the character development. These are real human beings. Read more
Published 27 days ago by Patricia G. Rourke
5.0 out of 5 stars well-written and engaging thriller
This is the first of the Inspector Kaldis series I have read and I'll be back for more! It is a well-crafted, complex, and engaging story. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Joseph Melcher
4.0 out of 5 stars A satisfying read
The second in the series, Assassins of Athens builds on the set of characters introduced in the first. The writing is also tighter, especially the first third of the book. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Noel
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read !
I have really enjoyed Siger's books. Having been to Greece, I like remembering the places that he describes in his tales. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Elizabeth W Kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars Like this author!
I have read other books by this author. I specifically look for his books and this series!! Writing has a good flow. Page turner.
Published 4 months ago by Roberta Platt McCall
4.0 out of 5 stars Greek detectives - good stuff
Having lived in Greece, I always enjoy novels set in that country. Perhaps not as engaging as novels by Anne Zouroudi set in Greece, but very enjoyable.
Published 7 months ago by Tom Vosmer
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a favourite of the series, but I will still read the next one :)
Well, not the best writing.. but.. I enjoyed the story and I have enjoyed the other books by Jeffrey Siger.. start at the beginning, they are better, but, don't stop reading. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Cherry Matthews
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read , Interesting characters
Clear and easy to follow characters in a different setting. This is the second Inspector Kaldis book I have read and I will continue to read him. Thoroughly enjoyable read.
Published 7 months ago by colin dunne
3.0 out of 5 stars If you love Greece...
If you love Greece, you will love Siger's books. I did not like this as well as the first in the series, but that isn't to say I didn't enjoy it. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Karen Campbell
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Greek
I really liked this story. Hard hitting, a little gruesome, but I like those kind if they move along and this one did. The characters were strong, and positive. Read more
Published 8 months ago by John W. Green
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An award nominee for Best Mystery in a foreign setting (Left Coast Crime), "Jeffrey Siger is a master at bringing Mykonos to life...Siger's knowledge of Greece, and his ability to keep the reader on the edge of the seat are two reasons to read these fascinating books...It is a pleasure to read the latest book [MYKONOS AFTER MIDNIGHT] by the expert on Greek life and mystery." Lesa Holstine, Book Critiques.

Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Jeffrey practiced law at a major Wall Street law firm and while there served as Special Counsel to the citizens group responsible for reporting on New York City's prison conditions. He left Wall Street to establish his own New York City law firm and continued as one of its name partners until giving it all up to write full-time among the people, life, and politics of his beloved Mykonos, his adopted home of thirty years. When not in Greece, he enjoys his other home, a farm outside New York City.

The New York Times described his novels as "thoughtful police procedurals set in picturesque but not untroubled Greek locales," the Greek Press said his work is "prophetic," Eurocrime called him a "very gifted American author...on a par with other American authors such as Joseph Wambaugh or Ed McBain," and the City of San Francisco awarded him its Certificate of Honor citing that his "acclaimed books have not only explored modern Greek society and its ancient roots but have inspired political change in Greece." The New York Journal of Books wrote, "Siger is one of those rare writers whose finger is always on the pulse of modern day upheavals. He is never afraid to tackle and expose uncomfortable subjects--subjects most writers avoid...a master story teller."


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