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Assassins of Athens
by Jeffrey Siger
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Poisoned Pen, 2010 (2010)
Hardcover, CD
* * *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

In January, 2009, Jeffrey Siger's debut novel, Murder in Mykonos, hit the stands to great acclaim. Now, he is back with Assassins of Athens, the second in his series featuring Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis of the Greek Police's Special Crimes Division.

Pick up book, open said book, read first page and you're hooked. This novel starts at top speed and continues that way to the very last word. Kaldis has returned to Athens from exile in Mykonos - exiled because he couldn't agree to buckle under a direct order from a superior. He recieves a call that the young son of a prominent Athenian has been killed. Kaldis realizes that the murder really had nothing to do with the boy. It was the message sent to his family that matters to the killer.

Kaldis must determine whodunit and why the boy became the message. It seems that the highest muckety-mucks with the most bucks seem to be running the government. Life is not easy for the average folk who believe all government employees are corrupt. They may not be too far off base. The more Kaldis probes, the deeper he falls into the underworld and face to face with the men who inhabit this murky place.

He and his men spend most of their time tailing suspicious characters. And there are plenty of them to focus on. The denoument is a work of art - well worth the read. And Kaldis, bless his heart, is given a romantic interest who almost checks out on him. Assassins of Athens is a really, really good read.

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