It all begins one evening on the eastern Aegean Greek island of Lesvos, close by Turkey, when the patriarch of a prominent shipping family, with a plan for shutting down the lucrative refugee trafficking pipeline between Turkey and Lesvos, is struck down in his own garden by a swishing sword.
When a refugee-turned-NGO-aid-worker is found at the scene, splattered with the victim's blood, he's immediately arrested by the local police, but his NGO boss convinces Kaldis to take over the investigation, and we're off on a nail-biting ride with Kaldis and his team through Byzantine island politics, deteriorating diplomatic relations, and a world on fire amid the intrigues and brutality of a cool, resourceful, ruthlessly villainous narcissist, who keeps you in fearful suspense until the very end.
An Aegean April puts a human face to the moneymakers, human smugglers, fearful families, NGO activists, local islanders, politicians, press, and cops caught up in this epic catastrophe that is a seminal issue of our times.
"vividly depicts the political and economic issues involved in the European refugee crisis... outstanding crime novel."
—Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW
"Siger’s ripped-from-the-headlines ninth mystery featuring Chief Insp. Andreas Kaldis combines a convincing police procedural with lurid thriller elements... Vivid local color, agreeable central characters, and exciting action scenes make this a winner."
"Siger's ninth Kaldis mystery (after Santorini Caesars, 2016) continues its tour through modern day Greece. This latest outing also offers a perspective on the Balkan Peninsula and the thorny issue of asylum seekers. A fast-paced international series."
"The ninth case for Siger's Greek detective (Santorini Caesars, 2016, etc.), brimming with suspense and a distinct sense of place, continues to deepen the back story of its band of heroes."
"I learned more about the refugee and political crisis in Europe from Jeffrey Siger's latest Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis mystery than I did from all the news I read or watch... beautifully constructed stories that explain our world."
—Lesa’s Book Critiques
"...very gifted author…has a light touch and there is a lot of very wry humour in his books to offset the often very dark violence… the author's best...one could not guess what would happen next… extremely readable examples of the best international police procedurals, similar perhaps to those of authors such as Donna Leon and Joseph Wambaugh… Very strongly recommended."
"[I]ts criminal plot is a natural byproduct of the enormous humanitarian crisis that is still taking place in Greece and the Mediterranean, as millions of immigrants continue to try to escape poverty, war, and devastation by flooding into southern Europe. Siger has taken on the task of making a very complex set of circumstances comprehensible, showing us why it matters, and done both well."
"Buckle up, because there are some twists and turns in this book that’ll knock you out of your seat. Jeffrey Siger gives us another skillfully written thriller, and cements his status as a master of the modern murder mystery... Jeff is so adept at capturing the plight of Greece and its crises, while at the same time, showing his love for his adopted country. This book will make you rethink what you know about the refugee crisis and its accompanying players. Jeff knocks it out of park once more."
—Windy City Greek
Poisoned Pen Press, hardcover, January 2018, ISBN: 978-1464209451
Poisoned Pen Press, paperback, January 2018, ISBN: 978-1464209475