"[A] suspenseful trip through the rarely seen darker strata of complex, contemporary Greece." —Publishers Weekly
Saint John wrote the apocalyptic Book of Revelation over 1900 years ago in a cave on Greece's eastern Aegean island of Patmos. Today, on the pristine Aegean peninsula of Mount Athos, isolated from the rest of humanity, twenty monasteries sit protecting the secrets of Byzantium amid a way of life virtually unchanged for more than 1500 years.
When a revered monk from that holy island's thousand-year-old monastery is murdered in Patmos' town square during Easter Week, Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis of Greece's twenty-first century Special Crimes Division is called upon to find the killer before all hell breaks loose.
Andreas' impolitic search for answers brings him face-to-face with a scandal haunting the world's oldest surviving monastic community. He finds that this ancient and sacred refuge harbors some very modern international intrigues that threaten to destroy the very heart of the Church.
In Siger's less than engaging follow-up to Assassins of Athens (2009), the violent, inexplicable murder of a beloved monk, Kalogeros Vassilis, takes Chief Insp. Andreas Kaldis to the Greek island of Patmos, a sacred site where St. John is reputed to have written the Book of Revelation. There Kaldis encounters international political currents swirling around himself, the late Vassilis, and the victim's monastic community. A strange document with apocalyptic writing and cryptic images suggests danger to eminent religious leaders and upheaval in the Orthodox church from Istanbul to Russia. Though readers may enjoy spending time with Kaldis's colorful team of investigators and other associates such as his very pregnant significant other and a gossipy spy turned Patmos restaurant owner, the lack of a climax and the tendency of characters to talk about actions that have occurred offstage rather than directly involving them lend the tale a passive air. \n