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When a monk from a 1000-year-old monastery is murdered in a town square on the Aegean island of Patmos, Andreas Kaldis (Murder in Mykonos), the head of Greece’s Special Crimes Division, is sent to investigate. It is Easter week, and the monasteries (there are 20 of them on the island) are very busy and inaccessible. Kaldis, dealing with the imminent birth of his first child and the vagaries of Greek politics, must solve the crime to avert an international incident. VERDICT Using the Greek Orthodox Church as the linchpin for his story, Siger proves that Greece is fertile new ground for the mystery genre. Sure to appeal to fans of mysteries with exotic locations.

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In this somewhat disappointing follow-up to Assassins of Athens (2010), an overly complicated religious plot weighs down an otherwise fast-moving investigation. In the middle of Easter week, Chief Inspector Kaldis of the Special Crimes Division is called in after a monk is murdered on the island of Patmos, site of the cave where the Book of Revelations was written and one of the holiest places in Greece. Kaldis’ investigation leads him deep into the secrets of the Greek government, the Catholic Church, and the Eastern Orthodox Church. The trail leads to Mount Athos, home to 20 ancient monasteries and site of long-simmering religious feuds. Meanwhile, Kaldis awaits the birth of his child and wonders if his rich girlfriend might really want to marry him. Although this third Kaldis adventure is something of a misstep, the series itself remains recommended to all mystery fans interested in international crime. --Jessica Moyer --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Series: Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis Mysteries (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press (January 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590587685
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590587683
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #564,812 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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."

Jeff also serves as Chair of the National Board of Bouchercon, the world's largest mystery convention.

Customer Reviews

Good writing, good story line and great characters.
Linda Cool
In this book, the Greek Orthodox Church and its politics is the backstory to the mystery.
Michael Sears
I went on to buy all his books and read them in order they came out.
C. Davis

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By E. Crowley VINE VOICE on December 29, 2010
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PREY ON PATMOS is the third book in the Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis series and, like its predecessors, is an entertaining police procedural and an engrossing look at twenty-first century social problems against the background of an ancient culture.

"There was an unusual cadence to the man's walk. Maybe it was the uneven stone lane. But he'd walked this path ten thousand times, thought not so soon before first light. Still, he knew it well enough. He paused, as if to listen, then moved five paces and paused again....Perhaps he should have been looking as carefully as he listened, but it wouldn't have mattered. The men stood quietly at the bottom of the path, just beyond where it opened in the the town square. He could not see them." In an instant, his throat cut, Kalogeros Vassilis lies dead in the town square of Patmos, the island home of monasteries built on the holy ground where St. John wrote the Book of Revelations. Vassilis was an old man who had lived a life of devotion to his faith. Why would anyone kill him?

The answer to that question becomes the responsibility of Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis and his partner, Yianni Kouros. Andreas is the head of the Greek Police's Special Crimes Division and the murder of a monk on Patmos just before Easter, the most important day in the Christian calendar, is a very special crime. Andreas isn't just confronted with satisfying the demands of the government functionaries who want credit for a quick solution of the murder; Andreas is up against the formidable power and position of the Eastern Orthodox Church.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Constant Reader on March 14, 2011
Format: Paperback
A dead monk and his crosses, mysterious photos, and Orthodox Greece in the throes of the week before Easter. A perfect set-up for this fast adventure with its suprising look at the competitive politics of the many monasteries on Mt Patmos, and their connections to the Mid-East and former USSR. All seen through the talented and off-beat ways of top Inspector Kaldis' investigation. Not to mention his appealing and intelligent associates. The fluent atmospherics will have you thinking you really know the streets and building of the various locations, from monastery to Athens high society.

This is a sophisticated, inventive tale. And with neither a lot of religious righteousness nor skepticism poured onto it. Entertaining.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Charles L. Mitsakos on March 9, 2011
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Prey on Patmos (Inspector Kaldis)

Few writers combine insight into a culture, or in this case, a religious celebration, to the extent that Jeffrey Seger does in Prey on Patmos. Readers will be very interested in learning about the religious services leading up to the celebration of Greek Orthodox Easter as well as life in a secluded monastery. Helping Inspector Kaldis solve a crime in this hard to put down novel ends up being a bonus.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael Sears on December 14, 2011
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I enjoyed it as much as Siger's great debut Greek mystery MURDER ON MYKONOS. In this book, the Greek Orthodox Church and its politics is the backstory to the mystery. A revered monk is found with his throat cut just before Easter - the most important festival in the church calendar - and Inspector Kaldis is brought in to try to resolve the case as quickly and quietly as possible. He immediately decides that there is much more to the case than a mugging gone wrong, and when he discovers the monk's cell ransacked, he realizes that the murderers wanted something very badly indeed. Even when he finds evidence in that direction, it is impossible to interpret - cleverly coded in two digital images. The church leaders are happy once Kaldis arrests the thugs who committed the killing, but they are ambivalent about getting to the bottom of the mystery, and so are Kaldis's bosses. He has to use a back-door approach which turns out to be very dangerous to all concerned.
The Greek Orthodox Church and the monastic lifestyle on Mount Athos is a fascinating setting to the intrigues that Kaldis has to navigate.
Absolutely first rate.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on January 8, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Twenty First Century Special Crimes Division Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis travels to Patmos to investigate the violent murder of a Father Kalogeros Vassili. Upon arrival at the holy Greek isle, the cop quickly learns that the monk was popular amongst the locals and no one can provide a hint of scandal or motive.

However, Kaldis digs deeper and begins to uncover ties to international intrigue that he would not expect from Father Vassili or his order. Soon in a place where The Book of Revelation was allegedly written, Kaldis finds a document with eerie apocalyptic scribe and even stranger images that has him wonder if a larger conspiracy than a simple homicide is behind the Vassili murder. Though he prefers not to conjecture Kaldis fears an assault on the leaders of the Orthodox Church.

Armchair detectives will enjoy the latest trip to Greece to follow the escapades of Kaldis and his team including the antics of his pregnant lover. The story line contains less present tense action than in the previous cases (see Assassins of Athens and Murder In Mykonos); as most of the events is discussed in the past tense by the investigators. Still readers will find fascinating the descriptive Prey on Patmos, which connects the locale where Saint John wrote the Book of Revelation and in which life has not changed amongst the secluded monks for fifteen centuries with a modern day police procedural.

Harriet Klausner
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