“The Mykonos Mob” by Jeffrey Siger is book ten in the “Inspector Andreas Kaldis” mystery series. The main characters continue from previous books, and those who have not read the previous books can jump right in without any problem. Each character is briefly introduced, and previous events and relationships fold easily into current scenarios to catch new readers up on previous action. The book opens with a conversation.
“If you’re asking for security, the answer is yes.” The Colonel shrugged. “It’s all a matter of price. You tell me what you want, and I’ll tell you what it will cost you.” The conversation ended, but the Colonel only made it as far as the front door of his Mercedes.
Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis is the head of Athens’ GADA’s Special Crimes Unit, investigating potential corruption and other matters of national concern. The Colonel had been murdered for a reason, and it is Kaldis’s job to discover the who and the why. Unfortunately, the Colonel is not the only one to die.
Siger brings readers into the action; the plot continues in alternating points of view as Inspector Kaldis and Detective Kouros find that Mykonos, a party island with a culture all its own, still has an untouchable class of Greek underworld criminals; everyone knows what they do, but no one dares stop them.
Complex and varied characters drive the plot almost more than the crimes under investigation. Personal interactions and family conversations make characters human and pleasant. Readers get to know them well, how they think, plan, move, and feel.
“Andreas hung up the phone, but kept tapping away on the desktop with his pencil. It was never the big things that tripped up a perp; the little details tended to be their undoing. Trouble was, they were often so small that even cops missed them. Like now.”
Mykonos, itself, is the star of the book, and Siger gives readers an authentic look at more than just the dark side of island life.
“Each shade-of-brown hill faded into the next slightly darker rise until only a haze of retreating, graceful curves remained to vanish into the horizon. And the scents. Salt-wind-driven fragrances of wild rosemary, savory, and thyme seasoned the air. A small lizard, as brown as the dirt, scurried out from the base of the wall, past their feet, and across the road into the shade of a wild thistle.”
“The Mykonos Mob” is another triumph for Jeffrey Siger. The prose is expressive and descriptive, and the rich character of Mykonos, its people, and its visitors jumps from every page. The plot moves at an even and steady pace but comes to a wild and frantic end. I received a copy of “The Mykonos Mob” from Jeffrey Siger, Poisoned Pen Press, and Edelweiss. If I cannot visit Mykonos, (yet) reading Siger’s book is the next best thing.