The first book in a new commercial crime series staring the sexy homicide detective Andreas Kaldis, with each book set in a different Greek city.
Jeffrey Siger, born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, practiced law at a major Wall Street law firm. He left Wall Street to establish his own New York City law firm and continued as one of its name partners. Now he lives and writes full time in Mykonos, his adopted home of 25 years.
Homicide detective Andreas Kaldis leaves his Athens job to take over as chief of police on Mykonos, an island paradise for the party crowd. When the body of a young woman, showing all of the signs of a ritual murder, is found in a church crypt, Kaldis is placed squarely in the middle of a high-profile investigation. More bones in the crypt reveal that a serial killer has been operating on the island for years. Now it is a race against time as another young woman vanishes. Siger, a Wall Street lawyer who lives part time on Mykonos, captures the rare beauty of the Greek islands in this series debut, the first serial killer thriller published by Poisoned Pen. His sense of place recalls Donna Leon's Venetian series, but his portrayal of rape and murder is all his own. For collections where foreign-set mysteries circulate. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
Soon after a woman's bound body turns up in a remote, abandoned church on the island of Mykonos in Siger's impressive debut, a score of other bodies surface--all, like the first, female travelers whose disappearances over two decades have been overlooked or ignored. Police chief Andreas Kaldis, recently transferred from Athens, teams with older homicide cop Tassos Stamatos to investigate the crimes, but even the wily veteran struggles with the plethora of suspects and local pressure to hide a peril that threatens the tourism the island lives on. Only when a new abduction occurs does their search gain official sanction, leading to a resolution that shakes Kaldis professionally and personally. Though the marshaling of suspects may strike some readers as formulaic, Siger's view of Mykonos (where he lives part-time) is nicely nuanced, as is the mystery's ambiguous resolution. Kaldis's feisty personality and complex backstory are appealing as well, solid foundations for a projected series. (Jan.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
A very enjoyable and atmospheric book, which captures very vividly the Greek way of life - EurocrimeImpressive debut . . . Siger's view of Mykonos (where he lives part-time) is nicely nuanced, as is the mystery's ambiguous resolution. Kaldis' feisty personality and complex backstory are appealing as well, solid foundations for a projected series - Publishers WeeklySiger . . . captures the rare beauty of the Greek islands in this series debut . . . His sense of place recalls Donna Leon's Venetian series, but his portrayal of rape and murder is all his own - Library Journal reviewSiger's intimate knowledge of Mykonos adds color and interest to his serviceable prose and his simple premise. The result is a surprisingly effective debut novel - KirkusReaders will be well pleased . . . - Stephanie Zvirin, Booklist onlineThoughtful police procedurals set in picturesque but not untroubled Greek locales - The New York TimesMr. Siger is one of those rare writers whose finger is always on the pulse of modern day upheavals. He is never afraid to tackle and expose uncomfortable subjects - subjects most writers avoid...An authoritative and compelling voice, Mr. Siger is a master storyteller - New York Journal of Books