Title: The Mykonos Mob (10th Chief Inspaector Andreas Kaldis Mystery set in Modern Greece)
Author: Jeffrey Siger
Date; May 3, 2019
Time: 7-9:00 PM
The Mykonos Mob reveals the wildly lucrative dark side of an internationally renowned Greek island playground for the world’s rich and famous, those battling for control of its vices, and the innocents affected by it all.
The case begins for Athens’ Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis with a literal bang—a corrupt former police colonel who runs a protection racket on Mykonos is gunned down. And Kaldis is suddenly face to face with Greece’s top crime bosses, all just as surprised and baffled as he is at the assassination. Who is making a move—if a move it is—and what else might it be?—to take over the island’s vice operations. Maybe legitimate businesses too?
One of the Aegean’s Cyclades islands, Mykonos was poor until a few decades ago, but today is a renowned 24/7 summer hot spot filled with tourists who enjoy its beaches and iconic landmarks by day and party in its bars and massive dance clubs by night. As an international playground and cruise port, Mykonos is just begging for more exploitation—and not just by the Greeks.
While Andreas and his Special Crimes unit wrestle for answers, his wife Lila is similarly engaged but her focus is what meaningful role beyond wife and mother will she fill? Daughter of a wealthy family, it isn’t about money. Her quest takes her to her parents’ home on Mykonos where she meets Toni, an American ex-pat, a fixer and finder of stolen goods, playing piano in a gender-bending bar with a zest for life and no apparent regard for rules. How does what Lila and Toni discover together about themselves—and how they mentor young island girls trapped in an exploitative and patriarchal culture—intersect with Andreas’ investigation?
The Mykonos Mob is 10th in a series of “…thoughtful police procedurals set in picturesque but not untroubled Greek locales.”—The New York Times. They are thoughtful, and attuned to both ancient and modern Greek society, but they are also unsparingly filled with thrills.The Mykonos Mob reveals the wildly lucrative dark side of an internationally renowned Greek island playground for the world’s rich and famous, those battling for control of its vices, and the innocents affected by it all.
I am an American living on the Aegean Greek island of Mykonos. A Pittsburgh native and former Wall Street lawyer, I gave up my career as a name partner in my own New York City law firm to write mystery thrillers that tell more than just a fast-paced story. My novels are aimed at exploring serious societal issues confronting modern day Greece in a tell-it-like-it-is style while touching upon the country's ancient roots.
The New York Times Book Review has honored my work by designating me as Greece’s thriller novelist of Record, and the Greek Government’s General Secretariat of Media and Communications has selected me as one of six authors—and the only American—writing mysteries that serve as a guide to Greece.
Some Mykonian friends told me if I started sprinkling murders with a message across my adopted country's tourist paradises, I'd likely be banished, if not hung. No one was more amazed than I when my debut novel, Murder in Mykonos (a sort of Mamma Mia setting for a No Country for Old Men story), became Greece's #1 best selling English-language novel (and a best-seller in Greek, as well).
As of April 2019 there are ten Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis novels out there and I receive no more than the customary number of death threats. I'm diligently trying to improve my percentage in that regard with posts about Greece each Saturday on the Murder is Everywhere blogsite I share with nine renowned mystery writers from around the world.
It's been a remarkable journey, punctuated most notably by The New York Times selecting the fourth in my Andreas Kaldis series (Target: Tinos) as one of its five "picks for the beach" while calling the entire series, "thoughtful police procedurals set in picturesque but not untroubled Greek locales;" Left Coast Crime's nomination of the fifth in the series (Mykonos After Midnight) in 2014 as Best Mystery in a Foreign Setting; a 2016 Barry Award Best Novel Nomination for my seventh in the series (Devil of Delphi); Library Journal selecting my ninth book as “one of the best books of 2018” (An Aegean April); starred reviews and official government citations; and this quote from Fodor's Greek Islands Travel Guide under a section titled "Mykonos After Dark," which colleagues say I should consider the equivalent of winning an Oscar: "Some say that after midnight, Mykonos is all nightlife—this throbbing beat is the backdrop to Jeffrey Siger's popular mystery, Murder in Mykonos."