Can Greece’s first serial killer be stopped before he claims another victim?
An unnamed backpacker explores the beautiful island of Mykonos, which has become to Athens what the Hamptons are to Manhattan, and disappears into thin air. Is hers the body found under a slab in an ancient church and shown to Andreas Kaldis, the island’s new chief of police? Recently arrived from Athens, Andreas is suffering from melancholy and culture shock. He knows that the residents, used to doing things their own way, don’t respect him. Veteran Cyclades homicide investigator Tassos Stamatos assists Andreas with the gruesome discovery. The height of the victim and some peculiarities about the body recall a couple of ritualistic murders from several years ago. When Tassos reports that the man charged with those crimes committed suicide before he could be brought to trial, Andreas shifts from restless boredom to high energy as he doggedly pursues the killer. Andreas and Tassos’ investigation, which focuses on forensic evidence, is counterpointed by the arrival of Annika, another female tourist traveling solo. Annika’s pedestrian wanderings and conversations with locals take on an air of menace and suspense that’s heightened when the family and friends back in Holland who haven’t heard from her begin to worry.
Siger’s intimate knowledge of Mykonos adds color and interest to his serviceable prose and his simple premise. The result is a surprisingly effective debut novel.