"International police procedural writing at its best."
—Booklist, Starred Review
#4 Fiction Bestseller (Denver)
#10 Hardcover Bestseller, 2010 (Mystery Lovers Bookshop)
#8 Hardcover Bestseller, February 2010 (Mysterious Galaxy)
Top Ten Bestseller in Greece
A Miami Vice-paced mystery set in contemporary Great Gatsby-like Athens
When the body of a boy from one of Greece's most prominent families turns up dead in a dumpster in one of Athens' worst neighborhoods, Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis of Greece's Special Crimes Division is certain there's a message in the murder. But who sent it and why?
His search for answers takes him deep into the sordid, criminal side of Athens nightlife and on to the glittering world of Athens society where age-old frictions between old money and new breed jealousy, revolutionaries, and some very dangerous truths.
Andreas is on a journey amidst ruthless, powerful adversaries bringing him face-to-face with ancient Athenian practices, and modern political realities once thought unimaginable.
It is a story about the ambiguity that is, and always has been, Greece.
"This is international police procedural writing at its best."
—Booklist, STARRED REVIEW
"[S]peedboat-paced...audacious...suspenseful trip through the rarely seen darker strata of complex, contemporary Greece."
"VERDICT...the author...vividly captures this unfamiliar terrain's people and culture. Mystery fans who like their police procedurals in exotic locales will welcome this one."
"[A]nother fast, page-turning, police procedural, from Jeffrey Siger...a most enjoyable book. This well plotted story just speeds along and captures very vividly the Greek way of life."
"Jeffrey Siger [is] a most compelling author...a superb writer...his plot fast-moving and sprinkled with surprises...[and] best of all he creates the atmosphere of modern Greece in vivid, believable detail."
"[In Siger's writing] the reader will likely recognize actual persons in Greek society...he has the opportunity...to observe and draw conclusions about the real life and activities of some of these socialites. Concealed behind the bright showcase of their tabloid lives are shattered relationships and gangster dealings."
"Page turning suspense...Jeffrey Siger's murder mysteries have all the requirements of a beachside bestseller. Their comments on Greek daily life also make them precious pop culture diamonds...Siger has a keen eye...for today's Greece, contradictions and all...pithy, spot-on descriptions of the modern Greek landscape...[he] keeps tapping into insights on Greece that sometimes feel prophetic."
—The National Herald, New York
"[Siger] has managed to get into the spirit of Greek reality...a super murder mystery taking place in the dark neighborhoods of the capital."
"[Siger's] acclaimed books have not only explored modern Greece and its ancient roots, but inspired political change in Greece."
—Gavin Newsom, Mayor of San Francisco
"Jeffrey Siger did it again! ... If you like a well-written murder mystery, this is it. I can easily compare Assassins of Athens by Jeffrey Siger to Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code or Angels and Demons and can honestly say the fast-paced excitement and drama is on the same level."
"Pick up book, open said book, read first page and you're hooked. This novel starts at top speed and continues that way to the very last word...Assassins of Athens is a really, really good read."
"Author Jeffrey Siger does an excellent job...I've read a lot of books that have surprise endings but never one quite like this. It's a great read."
"Siger's first novel involved an intriguing mystery on Mykonos, but Assassins of Athens is even better...And, the Greek history, as told to Andreas, is fascinating...Assassins of Athens is a police procedural with mystery, violence, a little romance, and light touches of humor. Let's hope Siger finds the appreciative audience he deserves."
—Lesa's Book Critiques
"Siger's plotting is tight and plausible, his twists deft, and his narrative delightfully seasoned by his portrayal of modern Greek society and the roots and motives of crime...Most importantly, he's crafted a character worth following: Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis."
"If you enjoy good characterization and truly involving mysteries, read Jeffrey Siger. If you love crime fiction with all that and a superb sense of place and immediacy, then let me repeat myself: Read. Jeffrey Siger."
Poisoned Pen Press—an imprint of Sourcebooks, hardcover, January 2010, ISBN: 978-1590586891
Poisoned Pen Press—an imprint of Sourcebooks, paperback, January 2010, ISBN: 978-1590587072