Delphi once stood at the center of the world, a mountainous, verdant home to the gods, where kings and warriors journeyed to hear its Oracle speak. The Oracle embodied the decree of the gods or at least the word of Apollo. To disobey risked everything.Read more...
Delphi once stood at the center of the world, a mountainous, verdant home to the gods, where kings and warriors journeyed to hear its Oracle speak. The Oracle embodied the decree of the gods or at least the word of Apollo. To disobey risked everything.
Young Athenian Kharon chooses modern Delphi to rebuild his life among its rolling hills and endless olive groves. But his dark past is too celebrated, and his assassin s skills so in demand, that his fate does not rest entirely in his own hands. Greece is being flooded with bomba, counterfeits of the most celebrated alcoholic beverages and wine brands. The legitimate annual trillion-dollar world market is in peril. So, too, are consumers someone is not just counterfeiting booze, but adulterating it, often with poisonous substances. Who is masterminding this immensely lucrative conspiracy?
Kharon learns who when the ruthless criminal gives him no choice but to serve her. Her decrees are as absolute as the Oracle s, and as fearsomely punished. Kharon agrees, but dictates his own payoff. And his own methods, which allow his targets some choice in the outcomes.
When Kharon unexpectedly shoots a member of one of Greece s richest, most feared families, he draws Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis into the eye of a political and media firestorm threatening to bring down Greece s government. Think "Breaking Bad," Greek-style."
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-08-03
- Reviewer: Staff
Captivating villains elevate Siger’s seventh mystery featuring Chief Insp. Andreas Kaldis (after 2014’s Sons of Sparta), a by-the-numbers procedural in which Kaldis, head of Greece’s special crimes division, works to stem the flow of counterfeit liquor. As the counterfeit alcohol’s poisonous formula claims its first victims, a mysterious cult leader and businesswoman known only as Teacher hires reclusive assassin Kharon as part of her plan to control Greece’s wine smugglers. Though the pair’s clashing ethical systems constantly threaten to tear them apart, their partnership, built around respect and dangerous necessity, makes them nearly unstoppable. Unfortunately, in comparison to their brutally inventive adversaries, the detectives come across as pedestrian and bumbling. The many investigators under Kaldis’s command are not nearly as well characterized as Kharon and Teacher, and quickly begin to blend together. Readers may find themselves racing through the detectives’ investigation, hoping to land on another section exploring Kharon and Teacher’s dark friendship. (Oct.)