Synopses & Reviews
Alex Mavros enters a chilling world of power and corruption when he investigates the kidnapping of a wealthy Greek ship-owner
Wealthy ship-owner Kostas Gatsos has been missing for several weeks, having been snatched from his luxury villa on the idyllic island of Lesvos. Curiously, there has been no ransom demand. When the police investigation stalls, the desperate Gatsos family turn to private investigator Alex Mavros for help.
Inherently suspicious of the super-rich and initially reluctant to take on the case, Mavros finds himself dealing with a highly dysfunctional family with more than a few skeletons in its closet, a family whose tentacles have a surprisingly wide reach. Alex believes the key to the mystery lies in the ship-owner's shady past and sinister business deals - but the truth behind the kidnapping is more disturbing, and closer to home, than Mavros could ever have imagined.
"In Johnston's solid seventh Alex Mavros mystery (after 2013's The Black Life), the Greek police coerce Alex, who has retired from looking for missing persons to work at his mother's Athens publishing company, into joining the search for kidnapped shipping magnate Kostas Gatsos. With no ransom note, a family ambivalent about finding its patriarch, and the potential involvement of a Russian crime syndicate, Alex turns for help to his private operator friend, Yiorgos Pandazopoulos (aka the Fat Man), among others. Their investigation takes them to the island of Lesvos, where they uncover a conspiracy involving Alex's old nemesis, known only as the Son. Meanwhile, Kostas's kidnappers confront him with evidence of his many crimes. Johnston skillfully conveys the politics and problems of contemporary Greece while further developing his compelling cast. An overly tidy ending mars what's otherwise a suspenseful, fast-paced work with an array of fascinating twists. Agent: Broo Doherty, Wade and Doherty (U.K.). (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"A suspenseful, fast-paced work with an array of fascinating twists." Publishers Weekly
"Fast-paced, twisty story." Booklist
When wealthy Greek ship-owner Kostas Gatsos is kidnapped, his desperate family hire private investigator Alex Mavros to help. Inherently suspicious of the super-rich, Mavros finds himself embroiled in the dealings of a highly dysfunctional family with more than a few skeletons in its closet, a family whose tentacles have a surprisingly wide reach.
About the Author
Born and brought up in Edinburgh, Paul Johnston studied ancient and modern Greek at Oxford and now divides his time between Scotland and Greece. As well as six previous Alex Mavros novels, he is the author of the award-winning Quint and Matt Wells crime series.