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By Jeffrey Siger

While the physique of a boy from considered one of Greece’s so much admired households turns up in a dumpster in a single of Athens’ worst neighborhoods, leader Inspector Andreas Kaldis of the Greek Police’s particular Crimes department is bound there’s a message within the homicide. yet who despatched it and why? Andreas’ politically mistaken look for solutions takes him deep into the sordid, legal facet of Athens nightlife and directly to the glittering global of Athens society the place age-old frictions among outdated cash and new breed jealousy, homicide, revenge, revolutionaries, and a few very harmful truths.

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A coffee house of the post-World War II beatnik era as envisioned by twenty-first-century youth: pale orange-yellow walls with chair railings – unusual for Athens – wooden floors, unmatched hardback chairs for twenty-four, and scraped and burned two-top wooden tables covered with coffee, cigarettes, and cell phones. After dusk, there was barely enough lighting to see. Kouros held the door open for Andreas. Every eye in the place fixed on them. They were about as obvious and welcome as tigers at a tea party.

George answered. ‘Probably late twenties, both about six-four, two hundred-forty pounds, shaved heads, close-cropped beards, dark. ’ Andreas had the boys run through the rest of what they remembered. ’ It would not be the first time they’d told that story to Sotiris’ parents. Andreas made them repeat everything three more times, with Kouros getting in some practice in the bad cop role. He shook them up a bit, but what they said remained essentially unchanged: nothing seemed out of the ordinary to either of them, although George recalled one of the bouncers disappeared shortly before Sotiris and the girl left the club.

Thanks. ’ Andreas stood up and walked around the desk to where Kouros was standing. He patted him on the shoulder. ‘Be careful, Yianni. ’ He paused. ’ ‘Will do, Chief,’ and he left. Andreas held his breath for a moment, and slowly let it out. There was another potential explanation for why whoever was behind this didn’t care who found out about the girl and the two muscle guys: they had friends in high places prepared to protect them. That was not an unheard of scenario in Greece, or elsewhere for that matter.

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