Author: Jeffrey Siger
Published: June 6, 2012 by Poisoned Pen Press
Series Name: Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis #4
Category: Mystery Thriller
Main Character: Andreas Kaldis. Tassos Stamatos, Yiannis Kouros
Target: Tinos is a mystery rooted in a modern secret society practicing 200-year-old ways amid the Lourdes of Greece. Publishers Weekly in a starred review called it "superb...a winner."
In an isolated olive grove on the idyllic Aegean island of Tinos, the remains of two bodies charred beyond recognition are discovered chained together amid bits and pieces of an incinerated Greek flag. An enraged press screams out for justice for the unknown victims, until the dead are identified as gypsies and the story simply falls off the face of the earth. Is it a gypsy clan war, a hate crime, or something else?
With no one seeming to care, the government has no interest in pursuing such ethnically charged questions and orders the investigation closed. But Andreas Kaldis, feared head of Greece’s special crimes division, presses on in his inimitable, impolitic style to unravel a mystery yielding more dead, a modern secret society patterned on heroes of the Greek Revolution, and priceless hoards of gold, silver, art, and precious gems quietly amassed over centuries from the offerings of millions of grateful pilgrims to Tinos’ miraculous icon of the Virgin.
Kaldis has found a motive for murder and an irresistible inspiration for robbery. All that is left for him to do is find the killers before more die, stop the robbery of the century, and get married in the process.