Inspector Costas Haritos of the Athens CID has finally made time for a holiday. But when a minor earthquake causes his holiday beach to spit up a corpse, he finds there is no such thing as being off duty.
Back in Athens, and working on the mystery of the as-yet unidentified body, Haritos is assigend a second case. A well-known nightclub owner and entrepreneur has been murdered, and neither the victim's beautiful young wife, his estranged daughter or his junkie son seem keen to offer up any clues.
Haritos delves into the worlds of organised crime, football, and even opinion polling in his hunt for the killers. But it seems there is more than one person who would rather these crimes remained unsolved.
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"An intelligent, warm-hearted European thriller...expect more energetic thrillers like this one, from an author who shines a light on the Greece that tourists never see" ( The Times)
"Observant, cynical and dark police procedural...A bleak picture of life in Greece but an interesting story" ( Literary Review)
"Every bit as entertaining as the first" ( Telegraph)
"It's Markaris's vibrant portrait of Athens that makes his novel so entertaining, bringing his home city to life in a way only an insider can achieve" ( Sunday Telegraph)
"Marvellously drawn" ( Economist)
A compelling Athens-based thriller from the author of The Late-night News
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