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Assassins of Athens: A Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis Mystery (Andreas Kaldis #2)

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When the body of a boy from one of Greece's most prominent families turns up in a dumpster in one of Athens' worst neighborhoods, Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis of the Greek Police's Special Crimes Division is certain there's a message in the murder. But who sent it and why? Andreas' politically incorrect search for answers takes him deep into the sordid, criminal side of ...more
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Published January 31st 2010 by Poisoned Pen Press (first published January 1st 2009)
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J.F. Juzwik
Mar 27, 2012 J.F. Juzwik rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What’s that you said? You don’t know Andreas? Well, shame on you. Andreas is the creation of Jeffrey Siger, and we’re first introduced to him in Murder in Mykonos. We become further acquainted with him in Assassins of Athens. So, what’s so special about Andreas Kaldis? Let’s begin at the beginning.

Murder in Mykonos: The story begins with Andreas Kaldis being ‘promoted’ to Chief of Police on the island of Mykonos (approximately 90 miles, by plane, from Athens). In truth, the employment change was
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Beth
Aug 10, 2010 Beth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


Jeffrey Siger’s ASSASSINS OF ATHENS opens with the discovery of the body of a teenage male in a dumpster in one of the worst sections of Athens. Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis of the Greek Police’s Special Crimes Division, first met in MURDER IN MYKONOS, quickly realizes that this case is bigger than most. The boy is the son of Zanni Kostopoulos, one of the most influential men in the country. Kostopoulos is nouveau riche, a description that makes him anathema to the established Greek families w
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Cathy Cole
Feb 28, 2013 Cathy Cole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First Line: Andreas Kaldis once read or heard somewhere that the chatter never stopped in Athens.

The body of a teenage boy from one of Greece's most prominent families has turned up in a dumpster in one of Athens' worst neighborhoods. Since the boy's father is known for his tenacity and ruthlessness, Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis of the Greek Police's Special Crimes Division believes that the killer was sending a message. The question is: who sent the message... and why? Kaldis' investigation t
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Carolyn Mck
Greece has been much in the news of late, with bankruptcy and expulsion from the Eurozone saved by yet another last minute bailout. If the corruption of government and the violence from both left and right sides of politics are really as bad as depicted in this novel, then the causes for Greece’s difficulties would not be hard to find.

That said, the premise of this novel – that the patricians with ‘old money’ would use violence to get rid of the nouveau riche from Athens – seems unbelievable. Fo
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ElaineY
THE NARRATION: Rudnicki goes to the top of my fav male narrators list with this second installment of the Andreas Kaldis murder mystery series. While Koullis Kyriacou was good in the first book, Murder in Mykonos, it is Rudnicki's performance that has gotten me hooked on the Andreas Kaldis series...happy sigh from me since I bought the rest of the series before they went Whispersync!

While both narrators are Greek, I prefer Rudnicki's American accent to Kyriacou's British one. Even though I was r
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Susan
Assassins of Athens by Jeffrey Siger is the second book of the Andreas Kaldis mystery series set in contemporary Greece. Andreas Kaldis is Chief Inspector of Special Crimes Division of Athens police. Together with his trusted partner, Yianni Kouros, Kaldis investigates the murder of Sotiris Kostopoulos, the son of wealthy and powerful Zanni Kostopoulos.

The ancient Greek practice ostrakizmos was a procedure conducted by secret ballot for the protection of Athenian society. Once a year, citizens o
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Dominique Perry
I feel bad for giving this book such few stars. The plot was interesting, and Siger's writing isn't horrible at all. In fact, it is good. But that's it. Just good. Some of the turns of the story were interesting and the last few pages picked up a little but it took FOREVER for that to happen. I thought some points were extremely boring and I couldn't wait for them to move along. Andreas also came off as unlikeable in the beginning, although to Siger's defense the the more I read, the more I ende ...more
Vera Marie
Jan 12, 2015 Vera Marie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I love Greece, so of course I enjoyed reading this mystery set in Athens (and a bit in Mykonos.) It would be a straight-forward police procedural, but nothing is quite that straight-forward in Greece. Jeffrey Siger In Assassins of Athens, Siger captures the passion of Greek people, their tendency to only observe those laws and rules that benefit them, and some of their everyday life. He reveals the dark underbelly of the city of glorious ruins that tourists see, and he does it with unblinking ho ...more
Shiela
Apr 27, 2010 Shiela rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
It started out with promise, but the last half of the novel was a bit of a drag (and I know I'm in the minority to think so). There was just too many politics for my liking and not enough suspense or the "armchair travel" I was looking for that made me enjoy the first novel in the series. I so vividly remember the scenes at Delos and the Blue Church that was the setting for many action sequences in "Murder in Mykonos" and when I saw the venues in real life, it was so very...magical. I was hoping ...more
Doreene
Sep 26, 2012 Doreene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this second book in the series and already have plans to read the third book. The book is well plotted and there is good character development. I very much enjoyed the Greek setting which went back and forth between Mykonos and Athens.Chief Inspector Kaldis begins the book by investigating the murder of a young man from a wealthy family whose body is found in a dumpster. The story leads us through two sets of assassins, terrorists who are actually members of the wealthy class and Kaldi ...more
Richard
Jan 14, 2014 Richard rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like Greek police procedurals.
Recommended to Richard by: I like the publisher.
Although set in Greece, mostly Athens, we get quite a tour of the city from its worst alcoholic/drug/prostitute riddled area to the tourist sites of the ancient sites but especially the public transportation stops.

Our hero cop is not used up, alcoholic or quick to shoot suspects, but uses his brains to figure out what's happening. His problem is an insidious one.

It is a quick read, that is well done by Mr. Siger, who is an American living in Greece for many years. Now I need to find his other bo
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Karen
Dec 16, 2013 Karen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I admit I was reading this during a stressful time, which may account for the lower rating than the first book. I am not a fan of organized crime types, and this bordered on it. I was confused when one of the critical characters was never identified by a name, even at the end of the book. I still enjoyed reading about the main characters, and the writing was smooth and clear. Bit of a cliff-hanger at the end as well. I may continue this series if the books cross my path, but probably will not se ...more
Brian Southworth
It has been such a joy reading these novels.I love a fun fast-paced police procedural.This was my least favorite out of the first three..a bit to much politics for me.Still a really good book and plan to read the rest of the series.i love when i find a book with a tad bit of humor,action and an exotic locale.Puts a smile on my face every time.There is a nice flow to Siger's writing and it is all too easy to get sucked in too his world.If you like a good mystery check this one out.
Marie
Apr 30, 2014 Marie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love crime/police/mystery stories set in Italy and Greece in particular. In this one, the story is good, good enough to keep me reading it to the end-- but I find the writer to be rather bad. Grammatically and creatively bad, triteness in the characters and in their dialogue and interactions. For a contemporary police series set mainly in Athens, I recommend Petros Markaris. He is great, but unfortunately only a few of his books are available in English translation.
Jon Archer
Jul 18, 2011 Jon Archer rated it liked it
An easy, fast read..quite a compelling plot with reasonably good characters. What kept it from 4 stars though was this weird dimension to the last 50 pages or so. All of a sudden the formerly hard nosed cop started praying, crossing himself and all kinds of other religious behavior. It's like the author had a come-to-jesus moment as he was finishing things up. At best this was unnecessary, at worst it was rather invasive and obnoxious.
Melina
Mar 21, 2015 Melina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
so this is what an American that has no real idea or interest in Greek political history and society sounds like. He should really have stuck with the police, mob, heck even the "aristocracy" part of the story. The crime solving part was not too bad. And I really hate how at the end of the book, the author never says the name of the murderer, how and why it happened. It was exactly like that in the first book of the series (murder in mykonos) too.
Francis
Second book in the series and personally I felt an improvement over his first which I thought was overall a pretty decent start to the series. The story was interesting, although it had the usual overly complex, over the top ending (too many side stories being wrapped up in too little space). The antagonist were a little too much on the evil side, rather than being patient professionals ...but then it's just a story and it was entertaining and that's why we read mysteries ..right?
Carolien
Mar 24, 2016 Carolien rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Andreas Kaldis is one of my favourite detectives for his attitude and intelligence. The plot interweaves references to ancient Athenian practices, modern international crime and the intricacies of local politics. I look forward to seeing this series unfold over the events in Greece during the past decade.
Eleanore MacDonald
Loved this book! It takes me to my favorite place in this beautiful world, Greece ... modern Athens, with all of its warts and shadows and political problems, but Siger softens that with the Greek spirit and much humor. A brilliant mystery, one that kept me up late every night until finished and I had to say goodbye to it.
Karen
Did not enjoy as much as author's "Prey on Patmos." Probably not in the mood for reading a mystery. Wanted more background on Greece for upcoming trip. good descriptions of streets in Athens. Will be looking for same landmarks when we go there.
n7of9
Mar 21, 2011 n7of9 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
i'm really enjoying these..the hard ass cops aren't too cheesy and the greek references not to pathetic...the writer's fascination with the greek psyche is quite amusing - sometimes missing the point, but amusing
Lee Ann
Dec 29, 2010 Lee Ann rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, suspense, ebook, 2010
Enjoyed this one, it was a little predictable and felt like the story line was not as involved as Murder in Mykonos (same characters). There was not as much suspense. It was worth the time I spent on it.
Mindy
Mar 08, 2010 Mindy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mr. Siger visited our Huron Anythink and gave a talk. Very interesting man. I am very much enjoying the story and his writing. I am learning a lot about Greece and their politics.

I enjoyed this story and I am looking forward to reading more of Mr. Siger's books.
margo wheeler
Jul 26, 2015 margo wheeler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent detective series

Better than another book set in an American big city, these singer books gain political, historical and social depth from their Greek settings. A must read for genre and travel fans.
Mary
Jun 12, 2010 Mary rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good read, though a bit more into political machinations than I really like. Much of the conflict arises from money vs. new money issues. Good characters and a nice feel for the underbelly of Athens; it's kind of cool to have a mystery set in Greece.
Harvee
Jun 04, 2010 Harvee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Almost a five - great plot and setting - Athens and Mykonos - using the ancient Athenian custom of ostracising by vote as a basis for the plot. Here's my review
Sallyanne Chier
Jul 17, 2014 Sallyanne Chier rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Liked it. History & politics was well-incorporated into the mystery.
Ann Tonks
An interesting range of characters and insight into the rich of Greece. A bit more of a thriller style than I usually enjoy but still a good read.
John Bishop
Mar 31, 2013 John Bishop rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A gripping and fast-moving thriller that keeps the pace up almost to the end and shows a sharp, if somewhat jaundiced, awareness of Athenian life.
Karen
Sep 30, 2012 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
love police mysteries and set in foreign countries..
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I am an American living on the Aegean Greek island of Mykonos. A Pittsburgh native and former Wall Street lawyer, I gave up my career as a name partner in my own New York City law firm to write mystery thrillers that tell more than just a fast-paced story. My novels are aimed at exploring serious societal issues confronting modern day Greece in a tell-it-like-it-is style while touching upon the co
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Andreas Kaldis (8 books)
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