Jeffrey Siger's Murder in Mykonos introduced Police Chief Andreas Kaldis, exiled from his police job in Athens because his investigations rubbed some powerful people the wrong way. It only took six months for him to return to Athens, as Chief Inspector in the Greek Police Special Crimes Division. As one of the most powerful, and feared, men in the police force, he was able to bring his assistant, officer Yianni Kouros, with him. And, he's going to need all the help he can get in dealing with the Assassins of Athens.
When the body of the son of a prestigious Greek family is found in a dumpster outside "perhaps the seediest gay bar in the seediest section of Athens," Andreas knows someone is sending a message. He knows the family is stunned when he informs them of the death, but he didn't expect them to sell their property and leave Greece.
Everyone in Athens seemed to know that the boy's father, Zanni Kostopoulos, was at war with the powerful Linardos family, owners of The Athenian newspaper. And, power struggles are common in Greece. But, who would attack the children of the powerful? Andreas and his team can handle the investigation in the bars and streets of Athens, but it's going to take a special connection to give them a link to the elite. So, who is pulling the strings that brings a call from one of the most powerful media figures in the country, a man who has a strange story of conspiracy? And, what is Chief Kaldis to believe? He knows "Greeks see a conspiracy in the number of raisins in a cereal box."
Siger's first novel involved an intriguing mystery on Mykonos, but Assassins of Athens is even better. It's a complex police procedural involving politics, powerful, wealthy people, and men who have their own motives for violence. And, the Greek history, as told to Andreas, is fascinating. Siger's story also includes well-rounded characters, from Kaldis and his family history, to Andreas' powerful secretary, Maggie, a woman with secrets. In fact, the stories behind the individual characters are as complex as the story of Greek politics. Assassins of Athens is a police procedural with mystery, violence, a little romance, and light touches of humor. Let's hope Siger finds the appreciative audience he deserves.
Jeffrey Siger's website is www.jeffreysiger.com
Assassins of Athens by Jeffrey Siger. Poisoned Pen Press, ©2010. ISBN 9781590586891(hardcover), 286p.
FTC Full Disclosure: The publisher sent me a review copy, in hopes I would review it.