Book Review: “Sons of Sparta” by Jeffrey SigerAugust 24, 2015 at 1:32 pm | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
Tags: Book Review, Fiction, Thriller
Jeffrey Siger in his new book, “Sons of Sparta” Book Six in the Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis Mystery series published by Poisoned Pen Press gives us another adventure with Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis.
From the back cover: 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.
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.
You can never get too much of Greece. I am very happy with Jeffrey Siger as he, as far as I can find out, is the only writer that is showcasing Greece in his murder mystery series. This time the spotlight is on Detective Yiannis Kouros. It seems his uncle was going to sell of part of the family land to developers. Before that could happen the uncle is murdered. Now Kouros has to find this murderer before the cousins do and extract a vendetta. The story hums along at a fast pace as Kouros is working to figure out just what is going on. All the while there is the background of Greece, The culture of Greece and the people of Greece which these elements are very important. “Sons of Sparta” is loaded with twists and turns and red herrings that will leave you guessing all the while you are flipping pages to find out what happens next. Mr. Siger has provided us with marvelous characters in Kouros and Kaldis and I look forward to reading about more of their adventures.
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