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Assassins of Athens (Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis Series Book 2) by [Siger, Jeffrey]
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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: 830 KB
  • Print Length: 287 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1590587073
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  • Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press (May 25, 2011)
  • Publication Date: May 25, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0042FZPV8
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By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on 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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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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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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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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"The Assassins of Athens" is the second in this series by Jeffrey Siger about a newly promoted Police Chief Inspector in Athens. The first book dealt with the officer's adventures in Mykonos prior to his advancement in the ranks. There were a number of things I enjoyed about this book but it is not without its faults as well. This is the first crime fiction I have read set in Greece and I enjoyed the descriptions of the historical sites and neighborhoods, the metro stops and the alleyways. There was also just a touch of history without overdoing it, and there was enough about the Greek culture to recognize the pride that its citizens take in their ancestory, a people proud of their country yet scornful of their democratically elected leaders. The story has an interesting plot, about a family which has been informally banished and they don't seem "to get the message" until a terrible tragedy strikes. A lot of the story is about money, who has it and how it makes them different. But too much of the plot was rather murky for me, too much innuendo and knowing glances; it made the story unnecessarily difficult to follow in parts. The pace was very good, everything moved along at a good clip, with occasional interuptions for romance, sex and some romantic sex. And the story ends with a rather provocative cliffhanger, a sentence many of us have heard before, but rarely as the last few words of a crime fiction novel. Will I read the next book?.....always the litmus test.....I can only add that I'm on the fence but that last sentence carries a very big hook with it.
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