"Siger paints travelogue-worthy pictures of a breathtakingly beautiful—if politically corrupt—Greece." —Publishers Weekly STARRED review
Did the warriors of ancient Sparta simply vanish without a trace along with their city, or did they find sanctuary at the tip of the mountainous Peloponnese? That stark, unforgiving region's roots today run deep with a history of pirates, highwaymen, and neighbors ferociously repelling any foreigner foolishly bent on occupying this part of Greece. Less well-recorded are the Mani's families' strict code of honor and their history of endless vendettas with neighbors and with their own relatives. No wonder their farms look like fortresses.
When Special Crimes Division Detective Yiannis Kouros is summoned from Athens to the Mani by his uncle, Kouros fears his loyalty to his boss, Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis, is about be to be tested by family pressure on the detective to act in some new vendetta, for this uncle once headed the Mani's most significant criminal enterprise. Instead, Kouros learns the family is about to become rich through the sale of its property—until the uncle is killed, and thus the deal. Acting swiftly to head off a new cycle of violence, Kouros satisfactorily solves the murder. Or so it seems until, back in Athens, Kaldis' probe into deeply entrenched government corruption leads straight back to the Mani. Both cops now confront a host of unexpected twists, unanticipated players, unanswered questions—and people yet to die.
For Chief Insp. Andreas Kaldis, interacting with known crime boss Orestes is just another day at the office in Siger's perfectly plotted sixth mystery set in Greece (after 2013's Mykonos After Midnight). But for Special Crimes Division detective Yianni Kouros things get a little too personal when a beloved relative, Uncle, drives his car off a cliff on the road to Cape Tenaro. This fatal "accident" appears directly or indirectly connected to Orestes. Even though Uncle had "retired" from running his own crime syndicate for a decade, he was knee-deep in a land deal that's beginning to smell fishier than a net full of sunbaked sea bass. Of course, Uncle's demise puts the kibosh on that deal, and the intrepid detectives must figure out who benefits from the old man's death before Kouros's cousins revive ancient family feuds. Siger's paints travelogue-worthy pictures of a breathtakingly beautiful if politically corrupt Greece.