Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Target: Tinos by Jeffrey Siger

Jeffrey Siger's Chief Inspector Kaldis series has everything I enjoy in a police procedural series; well-developed characters, clever banter between the cops, and interesting crimes with unexpected twists. However, like the other books, his latest, Target: Tinos, has something so many others don't. Siger adds his knowledge of Greece, its politics, history, and beauty, and that knowledge makes Target: Tinos stand out from other police procedurals.

It's just two weeks until Andreas Kaldis' wedding to socially prominent widow, Lila Valdi. Bad timing for a crime on the island of Tinos, home to the Church of Panagia Evangelistria, the Lourdes of Greece. The remains of two men were found in a burnt out van. They had been chained, wrapped in the Greek flag, and left with a note, "Revenge or Death." With the play on Greece's national slogan, the media was in an uproar, and Kaldis' boss wanted him to make sure the investigation was handled properly. As head of the Greek police's Special Crimes Division, Kaldis has the authority to investigate anywhere.

After the victims are identified as tsigani, gypsies, the media disappears, and Kaldis' boss wants the case to disappear as well. The government is afraid some members of the E.U. would use the murders, possible hate crimes, as a reason to end financial aid to Greece at a time when Greece was desperate for assistance. But, it's too late. Once Andreas and his team have their teeth into a case, they're not going to let it go just because it's politically wise. Kaldis doesn't care who the victims are. Someone has been killed. And, once the team discovers there might be a larger crime target, and that minority groups have been paid to move to Tinos, they're not going to give up, even when the threats hit close to home.

In this case, threats do hit close to home. As Lila prepares for their wedding, Andreas must also prepare with more security than expected. It's the society wedding of the summer, and Kaldis doesn't know if he's a personal target because of his investigation on Tinos, or the gathered government ministers and other prominent business and social leaders might be the target of terrorists. He refuses to change the wedding to a private ceremony, seeing that as a victim of terrorism.

Target: Tinos offers the best of all crime novels, combining crime and surprising twists as Siger continues to make Andreas Kaldis a realistic figure, expanding on his personal life. Those who have read the books before will appreciate the return of familiar characters: Tassos, the chief homicide investigator of rhte Cyclades Islands, Yianni Kouros, Kaldis' assistant, Andreas' secretary, Maggie, who knows where all the bodies are buried, and Lila Valdi, the woman Andreas loves, who is intelligent and provides one of the keys to the mystery. The team surrounding Kaldis brings these books to life.

However, these mysteries couldn't exist without Jeffrey Siger's knowledge and love of Greece's past and present. He includes background of the Greek War of Independence, Church history, Tinos' history, and the current economic issues of Greece in Target: Tinos. Siger's books have a richness lacking in many mysteries. Target: Tinos just adds to Jeffrey Siger's reputation as a storyteller who can bring a country, and a mystery, to life.

Jeffrey Siger's website is http://www.jeffreysiger.com/

Target: Tinos by Jeffrey Siger. Poisoned Pen Press. 2012. ISBN 9781590589762 (hardcover), 259p.

*****
FTC Full Disclosure - I bought my copy of the book.

12 comments:

Harvee Lau said...

A book to look forward to. Love mysteries set in the Greek Islands and Siger is good! Will have to seek out this one.

Lesa said...

I had to look for it, too, Harvee, but it's worth it. Jeffrey Siger is good!

Kay said...

Another series to begin. I love having so many choices of good mystery series. I'm kind of buried in Deborah Crombie books right now. Am going from one to the next and still have several to go. I decided to continue until I get tired or I get caught up. LOL

Lesa said...

That's a good idea, Kay, to continue until you get tired. Sometimes it does get tiring reading about the same characters, and it's time to change to something else. I'm with you. I like variety and different series.

Jeffrey Siger said...

Lesa,

I don't know where to begin to thank you. Yes, for your extraordinarily kind words, but more importantly for articulating the purpose of my writing. You are simply wonderful. Thank you.

Jeff

Anonymous said...

Thanks for a great review, Lesa, and introduction to Jeffrey Siger's work. I only visited Greece once but it was a dream of a trip and I loved everything about it (except the food!).

So I will go back and start with Siger's first book in the series.

All the best,

Pat Browning

caite said...

I loved the others in this series, so I am really looking forward to reading this one. I love the setting!

Lesa said...

Jeff,

I always look forward to reading your books. You do a wonderful job with the mystery, but you fill the books with wonderful characters, and meaty information as well. Thank you for your books.

Lesa said...

Oh, that's funny about the food, Pat. My college roommate comes from Syrian and Lebanese background. I'm not crazy about some of their food either. I think you're going to like Jeff's books, though!

Lesa said...

I'm with you, Caite. I love the settings, and the difference in the locations in these books.

Jane R said...

Haven't read a book for awhile that takes place outside the USA. A trip to the Greek Isles might just be the ticket. Combined with a good mystery and a great cast of characters, it sounds like this one will be a winner. Thanks for the review (and doesn't the author sound like the nicest person?)

Lesa said...

What a nice trip out of the U.S., Jane. It's time! And, Jeff is nice. I met him at the Poisoned Pen a couple years ago. He's a good storyteller in person as well.