Devil of Delphi


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Poisoned Pen Press
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5.5 X 8.7 X 0.9 inches | 0.65 pounds

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About the Author

Jeffrey Siger was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, practiced law at a major Wall Street law firm, and later established his own New York City law firm where he continued as one of its name partners until giving it all up to write full-time among the people, life, and politics of his beloved Mykonos. The Mykonos Mob is the tenth novel in his internationally best-selling and award nominated Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis series, following up on An Aegean April, Santorini Caesars, Devil in Delphi, Sons of Sparta, Mykonos After Midnight, Target: Tinos, Prey on Patmos, Assassins of Athens, and Murder in Mykonos. The New York Times described Jeffrey Siger's novels as "thoughtful police procedurals set in picturesque but not untroubled Greek locales," and named him as Greece's thriller writer of record. The Greek Press called his work "prophetic," Eurocrime described him as a "very gifted American author...on a par with other American authors such as Joseph Wambaugh or Ed McBain," and the City of San Francisco awarded him its Certificate of Honor citing that his "acclaimed books have not only explored modern Greek society and its ancient roots but have inspired political change in Greece." He now lives in Greece.


When Greek police go after the counterfeit-wine industry, they stir up a hornet's nest of syndicate counteroffensives and unleash a psychopath. Kharon, a young man with a criminal record that was expunged because of his youth, is hitchhiking in Delphi. After the driver who picks him up puts a move on him, Kharon directs them to a secluded place, where he brutally kills the driver. Meanwhile in Athens, Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis, head of the Greek Police's Special Crime division (Sons of Sparta, 2014, etc.), is asked by a trio of colleagues to tackle the illegal wine industry, which undermines the reputation of local producers and harms tourism. While he and detectives Kouros and Petro gather information, Kharon's aggression and reputation among local criminals gets him noticed. In short order, he makes his way to the local kingpin, a disarmingly direct and low-key woman known as Teacher. She gives him a shot at being her enforcer. Kharon learns her violent bona fides from Jacobi, a midlevel criminal. Because mutual trust is scarce in her line of work, Teacher finds it challenging to control her volatile new pit bull. The apparently casual murder of the daughter of a renowned Greek politician right in front of her brother puts the police on a different trail, one that leads back to Teacher. Though the reader is always several steps ahead of the police here, Siger's sublimely malevolent villains make the book a page-turner.
"Siger brings Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis some very big challenges in his seventh mystery (following Sons of Sparta, 2014) set in troubled contemporary Greece. Political shenanigans, economic crises, and class conflict were as prevalent in ancient times as they are today, so it is no surprise that Kharon, a gifted assassin, living in beautiful Delphi and trying to rebuild his life on the straight and narrow, should fall under the spell of a thoroughly evil underworld boss, a modern Oracle of Delphi. With no choice but to do the oracle's bidding or be exposed for his past killings, Kharon is dispatched to assassinate those who would interfere with the boss' counterfeit liquor trade, which has caught the eye of Kaldis and his Special Crimes Division. There are multiple sources of appeal here: the fast-paced plot, the landscape, and, as always, the appealing camaraderie shared by Kaldis and his crew, as well as the bantering relationship between the inspector and his well-connected wife, Lila. The final plot twist proves well worth the wait, but it won't take readers long to get there as they will be turning pages at a ferocious clip."