Jeffrey Siger’s eighth mystery featuring Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis, Santorini Caesars sends Kaldis to the beautiful Cycladic island of Santorini. Kaldis investigates the potentially politically-connected savage black sheep daughter of a high-ranking Greek military officer. Jeff is an American living on the Aegean Greek island of Mykonos. His novels are “aimed at exploring serious societal issues confronting modern day Greece in a tell-it-like-it-is style while touching upon the country’s ancient roots.”
When a young demonstrator is publicly singled out and assassinated by highly trained killers in the heart of protest-charged Athens, Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis is convinced the killing was meant not to take out a target, but as a message. A message from whom? To whom? And why? Kaldis' search for answers leads him and his team to the breathtakingly beautiful island of Santorini, heralded in legend as the lost island of Atlantis, and to eavesdrop on a hush-hush gathering of Greece's top military leaders looking to come up with their own response to the overwhelming crises and uncertainties their country faces. Is it a coup d'etat, or something else? Greece is no stranger to violence upending duly elected governments and the answer is by no means clear. As suspects emerge and international intrigues evolve, the threat of another, far more dramatic assassination grows ever more likely-as does the realization that only Kaldis can stop it.
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When Greek police go after the counterfeit-wine industry, they stir up a hornet's nest of syndicate counteroffensives and unleash a psychopath. Kharon, a young man with a criminal record that was expunged because of his youth, is hitchhiking in Delphi. After the driver who picks him up puts a move on him, Kharon directs them to a secluded place, where he brutally kills the driver. Meanwhile in Athens, Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis, head of the Greek Police's Special Crime division (Sons of Sparta, 2014, etc.), is asked by a trio of colleagues to tackle the illegal wine industry, which undermines the reputation of local producers and harms tourism. While he and detectives Kouros and Petro gather information, Kharon's aggression and reputation among local criminals gets him noticed. In short order, he makes his way to the local kingpin, a disarmingly direct and low-key woman known as Teacher. She gives him a shot at being her enforcer. Kharon learns her violent bona fides from Jacobi, a midlevel criminal. Because mutual trust is scarce in her line of work, Teacher finds it challenging to control her volatile new pit bull. The apparently casual murder of the daughter of a renowned Greek politician right in front of her brother puts the police on a different trail, one that leads back to Teacher. Though the reader is always several steps ahead of the police here, Siger's sublimely malevolent villains make the book a page-turner.
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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._x000D_ 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.