2014 Left Coast Crime Awards nominee for Best Mystery in a Foreign Setting
"Vibrant with the frenzied nightlife of Mykonos and the predators who feed on it. A twisty page-turner." —Michael Stanley, award-winning author of the Detective Kubu mysteries
Mykonos holds tight to its past even as it transforms from an obscure, impoverished Aegean island into a tourist mecca and summertime playground for the world's rich, a process making the Mykonian people some of the wealthiest in Greece. Yes, the old guard is still a force to be reckoned with despite the new money. One of them, a legendary nightclub owner, has been found savagely bludgeoned in his home. All evidence points to obvious thugs. Yet the murder has put long hidden, politically explosive secrets in play and drawn a dangerous foreign investor to the island paradise. Andreas Kaldis, feared head of Greece's special crimes division, is certain there's a far more complex solution to the murder than robbery, and he vows to find it. His quest for answers cuts straight into the entrenched cultural contradictions that give Mykonos so much of its magic and soon has him battling ruthless opportunists preying on his country's weakened financial condition. Kaldis learns there is a high, unexpected price to pay for his curiosity as he becomes locked in a war with a powerful, clandestine international force willing to do whatever it takes to change and wrest control of Mykonos, no matter the collateral damage. Such is global crime. And the need for a wily hero to stand against it.
The bludgeoning murder of Mykonos nightclub owner Christos Vasilakis at his house on Mykonos kick-starts Siger's satisfying fifth mystery featuring Chief Insp. Andreas Kaldis (after 2012's Target: Tinos). Tassos Stamatos, the chief homicide investigator for the Cyclades, brings in Kaldis, the head of Greece's special crimes division, from Athens to deal with highly compromising material that he discovers in the victim's safe. Meanwhile, the prime murder suspect, Christos's girlfriend, Anna, turns up dead in Bialystok, Poland, then Tassos himself goes missing. The investigation that follows highlighted by political interference and the piecing together of a complicated international plot that threatens to disrupt the easygoing, anything-goes life that Mykonos is famous for keeps the reader engaged, even as it makes obvious that in Greece it really matters whom you know. The emergence of a shadowy master criminal bodes well for future adventures.