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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Grove Press; First Trade Paper Edition edition (July 10, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802142079
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802142078
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #529,248 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Costas Haritos was a prison guard under Greece's old fascist regime. Now a top homicide inspector under democratic rule, he still knows how to turn the screws on a tough suspect. But he is not so adept at playing politics with department heads, government ministers, and the media. So when two TV reporters turn up murdered in Athens, he needs to find a likely culprit fast. The plot, which hinges on a child-smuggling ring, provides plenty of satisfying twists. But the book's real joy lies in the wry, sly voice of its cranky protagonist. It's as if legendary columnist Mike Royko was reincarnated as a wily Greek cop. When Haritos isn't tossing out acerbic criticisms of contemporary Greek society, he is engaged in an amusingly passive-aggressive dance with his wife, Adriani, who gives at least as good as she gets. Considering her faked orgasms, Haritos muses, "If every time it happened I nabbed her and took her in, by now she'd have got life for repeated fraud." But while the climaxes may be phony, the relationship remains refreshingly real. Frank Sennett
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31 of 38 people found the following review helpful By A. Ross HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on October 2, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I'm a huge fan of crime novels from the other countries, so it was with great eagerness that I picked up this first book of a Greek trilogy featuring Costas Haritos, a middle-aged homicide detective. Set in Athens around 1993, the story features an incredibly complicated mystery which kicks off with the apparently motiveless murder of a young Albanian couple. There's a lot of material jammed into the plot, which touches upon the omnipresence of Albanians in Greece, the role of the investigative media, a bundle of mysterious letters, a trio of secret love affairs, a child-smuggling plot which may or may not tie into the murders, the legacy of the fascist era, a pedophile recently released from jail, the dissolution of the Soviet Bloc, and the ability of the powerful to protect one another.

Throughout the book, Inspector Haritos is constantly being called into his superior's office in order to grovel to one bigwig after another. He's a likable character precisely because he's not very good at playing people off each other, instead he's a more traditional cranky copper with a taste for unhealthy food and a secret informant. What little glimpses are given into his personal life aren't too pleasant. He lives with his TV-addicted wife, endures her whining requests for spending money and her fake orgasms, wishing for nothing more than a little peace and quiet to retreat into dictionaries (every fictional detective has to have a little quirk). His

investigation proceeds through all the usual pitfalls and wrong turns before arriving at a shocker of an ending.

As a window into Greece, it has to be said that the book doesn't offer much of a new perspective.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By MV on September 23, 2011
Format: Paperback
Costas Haritos is not like most detectives--he's not charming or attractive, he's not a lady's man, he doesn't carry a big gun or get into lots of physical altercations (none actually). He's a somewhat bright, plodding detective for the Greek police force. And this first novel, of a trilogy, describes his beginnings as a developing detective as he begins to recognize his weaknesses and strengths while solving a nasty murder case of two television reporters. I was engaged and intrigued throughout, despite (or perhaps because) what is often more about the culture of Greece then the murder that Haritos investigates.

Haritos is intriguing. Some of the time I didn't like him--he screams at his wife for no reason, verbally abuses subordinates and suspected criminals, use to work with a torture arm of the Greek army, and reads dictionaries for entertainment. On the other hand, he's honest about his limitations, tries to apologize to his wife, attempts to ferret out corruption, and seems to be a human being going about the messy, chaotic moral choices of life. One of his frequent helpers is a man once tortured under Haritos' watch (but who Haritos helped when he could). I had to remind myself as well that this is a translated novel and is aimed at a Greek audience that might find the corruption and abuse of suspects more palatable than an American audience (especially because the novel takes place just after Greece changed its government to one with a bigger emphasis on democracy).

The case is complex but comes together tightly at the end. We have the murder of a reporter by an Albanian immigrant who confesses, and as Haritos delves deeper another reporter is murdered and so is the Albanian and a child smuggling operation begins to come to light.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mazen on October 21, 2012
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I didn't think it was possible to write a detective novel with heart. I found myself crying at the end. It's not at all sentimental, just powerful. This is my first book by Markaris, now I can't wait to read more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. Tsoupas on August 8, 2012
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Although the plot sounded good, I do not like this author's writing style. I can't really seem to get into it. I want to know "who dunnit?" but I don't know if I can finish the book. It seems like a slow read.
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