A Deadly Twist

Poisoned Pen: Sourcebooks. (Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis Mysteries, Bk. 11). Apr. 2021. 320p. ISBN 9781464214257. $26.99. M
Crime reporter Nikoletta Elia is sent to the Greek island of Naxos to cover the conflict between traditionalists and those who want to build tourism on the island. But the story that draws national attention is one that falls in her lap when a man claims to be a successful hacker paid to use his computer skills to cause fatal “accidents.” Then Nikoletta disappears, and her editor panics, calling on Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis, head of Greece’s Special Crimes Unit, to find her. He sends Detective Yianni Kouros to the island to work with the local police following in Nikoletta’s footsteps. When Yianni’s truck is forced off a dangerous mountain road, Kaldis assembles a savvy team to search for the reporter and the person who tried to kill his detective. While Kaldis is pressured to find the reporter or lose his job, someone is desperate to keep the past secret.
VERDICT Siger’s latest novel (after The Mykonos Mob) is as insightful as earlier ones concerning the problems in Greece. Followers of the series will relish a reunion with Kaldis and a group of friends in an engrossing procedural. New readers will discover the gorgeous aspects of Greek life in a mystery that uncovers the corruption of the country.
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