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

Jeffrey Siger
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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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  • Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press (May 25, 2011)
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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
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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
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
5.0 out of 5 stars When power corrupts February 18, 2010
Jeffrey Siger's ASSASSINS OF ATHENS opens with the discovery of the body of a teenage male in a dumpster in one of the worst sections of Athens. Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis of the Greek Police's Special Crimes Division, first met in MURDER IN MYKONOS, quickly realizes that this case is bigger than most. The boy is the son of Zanni Kostopoulos, one of the most influential men in the country. Kostopoulos is nouveau riche, a description that makes him anathema to the established Greek families who dominate the peak of society. He has returned from family exile in the one of the countries that had made up the Soviet bloc and, upon his return, has made a considerable fortune in Greece. Old money fears new money and the newly wealthy have little to lose in going up against the establishment.

Zanni decides he needs to make the Kostopoulos name one to be reckoned with so he decides to gain control of The Athenian, the most prominent newspaper in the city. The Linardos family has controlled the paper for generations and Zanni does everything in his power to destroy the Linardos family to get what he wants. He begins by feeding other newspapers the Linardos family secrets and thinks he has won when a particularly graphic cell phone recording of Sarantis Linardos's granddaughter ends up on the web. Kostopoulos is determined to destroy the Linardos family so Sarantis, the patriarch, turns to friends to guarantee that it will be Kostopoulos who will be destroyed.

This is the background to a story that brings into play wealth, position, long-held grudges, jealousy, murder, and the practices of ancient Athens, seemingly lost in time. There is kidnapping, murder, exploitation, and the willingness of people to uses whatever means money can buy to destroy an enemy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable Greek police procedural Noir January 8, 2010
In Athens, Greece, Police Chief Inspector of the Special Crimes Division Andreas Kaldis arrives at a rundown part of the city to look at a corpse found amongst garbage in a dumpster. At GADA, Andreas' secretary Maggie Sikestis sees the photos of the victim and recognizes he is Sotiris Kostopoulos who is always in the tabloids as part of a ménage a trois with the granddaughter of the Linardos clan while his family and hers are at war.

Andreas visits Sotiris' adopted parents Zanni and Ginny, who say nothing to the news or the questions asked by the CI. An affluent publisher Zanni says the only suspects he can think of are Sarantis Linardos and his family as each covets the highly regarded The Athenian newspaper. Meanwhile clues lead the detective to hooker Anna Panitz who admits to taking cash from strangers to entice the victim to go with her to an isolated locale. With pressure mounting from high officials to close the case, Andreas keeps the pressure on the feuding families and their associates.

The latest Kaldis investigation (see Murder in Mykonos) is an enjoyable Greek police procedural Noir as the CI curses out incompetent cops and roughs up crooks while taking fans on a tour of Athens not seen by the Olympics crowd. The story line is fast-paced from the opening moment when Kaldis hammers a cop for tainting a crime scene and never slows down as he stares down everyone except Maggie. Although somewhat linear with no twists, fans will enjoy this tough cop's homicide investigation.

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fun book to read before traveling to Greece.
Published 10 days ago by Janet G. Kuhl
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting story and a fun read
I enjoyed the Athens setting and the personality of Chief Andreas Kaldis. He's human but holds himself and other cops to a high standard of ethics.
Published 1 month ago by Roberto
3.0 out of 5 stars I liked Book #1 "Murder in Mykonos" better than this book.
Although well written, the book seemed to drag in some areas. Anytime I can put a book down for 2 or 3 days and not pick it back up, something is off. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Wickgeo
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 4 months 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 4 months 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 5 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 6 months ago by E. 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 8 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 10 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 10 months ago by Cherry Matthews
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An award nominee for Best Mystery in a foreign setting (Left Coast Crime for MYKONOS AFTER MIDNIGHT), "Siger paints travelogue-worthy pictures of a breathtakingly beautiful--if politically corrupt--Greece." Publishers Weekly in its Starred Review of SONS OF SPARTA, the latest in the Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis series.

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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