Wednesday, November 30, 2016


“Is there anyone anywhere in our government who actually cares about our country? Our families? I’m sick and tired of one politician after another, all focused only on what puts money in their pockets and nothing else.” --Andreas Kaldis’ pregnant wife Lila.

In Jeffrey Siger’s Santorini Caesars, Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis and his crew end up with a huge surprise.

When assassins kill a general’s daughter during a government demonstration, Kaldis wonders why.

Someone targeted the young woman. She wasn’t a random victim.

And the killers themselves are easily identifiable. It is not that they could be named. It is that they appeared to have come from the military. They seemed to be professionals.

Are the generals fighting among themselves? Was the killing a way send this particular general a message? Is the military planning a coup? And do  those plans tie in with a meeting of generals (including the up-and-coming young generals known as the Caesars) on the Island of Santorini?

As with all the Kaldis stories, the economic/political chaos in Greece plays a huge part. Kaldis and his investigative team can’t tell who is plotting against whom.

Then the story takes a strange turn. With the investigative help of the young Santorini woman at the center of the book’s major love story, Kaldis learns of an unexpected possibility.

As always with the Kaldis books, Santorini Caesars is an excellent police procedural complicated by the political and economic collapse of Greece. Everyone is at risk. Kaldis and his crew are different. They act ethically in their mostly unethical world. Kaldis’ team works through what is happening in a systematic way until the whole thing climaxes in violence.

I always look forward to Siger’s books. They tell me much about Greece. Siger fills his books with all-too-human characters. (The continuing characters are ones I love.)

If you have not yet come upon Jeffrey Siger’s Andreas Kaldis books, you might want to look them up. They are well worth reading.

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