When the body of a boy from one of Greece's most prominent families turns up in a dumpster in one of Athens' worst neighborhoods, Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis of the Greek Police's Special Crimes Division is certain there's a message in the murder. But who sent it, and why?
Saint John wrote the apocalyptic Book of Revelation over 19 hundred years ago in a cave on Greece’s eastern Aegean island of Patmos. But now there has been a murder. A revered monk from that holy island’s thousand-year-old monastery is murdered in Patmos’ town square during Easter week. Called in on the matter is Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis of Greece’s Special Crimes Division. Kaldis must find the killer before all hell breaks loose—in a manner of speaking.
In an isolated olive grove on the idyllic Aegean island of Tinos, revered by religious pilgrims around the world as the Lourdes of Greece, two bodies charred beyond recognition are discovered, chained together amid bits and pieces of an incinerated Greek flag. An enraged press screams for justice for the unknown victims, until the dead are identified as gypsies, after which the story simply fades away. When the government orders the investigation closed, Inspector Andreas Kaldis, feared head of Greece’s special crimes division, has other plans.
Did the warriors of ancient Sparta simply vanish without atrace along with their city, or did they find sanctuary in the Mani region at the tip of themountainous Peloponnese? That stark, unforgiving region's roots today run deep with a history of pirates, highwaymen, and neighbors ferociously repelling any foreigner foolishly bent on occupying this part of Greece.
On the celebrated Greek island of Mykonos, a legendary nightclub owner is found in his home…bludgeoned to death. In his lifetime he had helped transform Mykonos from an obscure, impoverished Aegean island into a world-renowned summertime playground for the world's rich and powerful, which made the Mykonian people some of the wealthiest in Greece. All evidence points to obvious killers, but the murder has put into play some long-hidden, politically explosive secrets and drawn a dangerous foreign investor to the island paradise.
Mykonos has always had a romantic reputation, until the body of a blonde female tourist is discovered on a pile of bones under the floor of a remote mountain church. When the island's new police chief - the young, politically incorrect, former Athens homicide detective Andreas Kaldis - starts finding bodies, bones and suspects almost everywhere he looks, he's forced to admit that the island paradise is harbouring a ritualistic serial killer.