A young demonstrator racing for sanctuary at the university grounds of Athens is chased by police in balaclavas and gunned down steps from safety. There is an uproar!
Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis is called in to investigate. What was needless police brutality appears to be something very different. Given more credence when it's discovered that this is the child of a Brigadier. Kaldis' investigations lead to intrigue and planning at the very highest level, with possible international connections. The new government is not acting as it'd promised. Contemplation of a military coup is on the cards. Kaldis reflects, 'Maybe his grandfather was right. If politicians are involved, there’s no hope for change. They’re all alike.'
Alerted to a hush hush military conference on the island of Santorini, Kaldis' team races there ahead of the attendees to set intelligence gathering equipment in place. What they learn there does little to calm their fears. But how is this related to the murder? That is the puzzle!
One of his team members, Petro, becomes entranced by the vivacious daughter of a local restauranteur, Sappho. Their story makes for a lively sideline.
Kaldis' reflections and explanations of Greece's internal political workings and relations with its neighbours are informative.
The descriptions of the island of Santorini and the delights of the food make me want to catch the next plane to Greece.
Alleviated by moments of family comings and goings, the action continues right to the end.
An intriguing read!
A NetGalley ARC