The Messenger of Athens

A Novel
By Anne Zouroudi (Trade Paperback, 2011)
Idyllic but remote, the Greek island of Thiminos seems untouched by the modern world. So when the battered body of a young woman is discovered at the foot of a cliff, the local police--governed more by archaic rules of honor than by the law--are quick to close the case, dismissing her death as an accident.

Then a stranger arrives, uninvited, from Athens, announcing his intention to investigate further. Hermes's methods of investigation are unorthodox, and his message to the islanders is plain--tell the truth or face the consequences. But Hermes brings his own mystery into the web of dark secrets and lies. Who has sent him to Thiminos, and on whose authority is he acting?

Rich in images of Greece's beautiful islands and evoking a life unknown to most outsiders, this compelling novel leads the reader into a world where the myths of the past are not forgotten, and forbidden passion still has dangerous consequences.
  • Little, Brown and Company
    • Format: Trade Paperback

    • Price: $14.99 US/$16.50 CAN

    • ISBN-13: 9780316069915

    • On Sale Date: 07/01/2011

    • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

    • Imprint: Reagan Arthur / Back Bay Books

    Formats Available: Trade Paperback, Electronic Book

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Idyllic but remote, the Greek island of Thiminos seems untouched by the modern world. So when the battered body of a young woman is discovered at the foot of a cliff, the local police--governed more by archaic rules of honor than by the law--are quick to close the case, dismissing her death as an accident.

Then a stranger arrives, uninvited, from Athens, announcing his intention to investigate further. Hermes's methods of investigation are unorthodox, and his message to the islanders is plain--tell the truth or face the consequences. But Hermes brings his own mystery into the web of dark secrets and lies. Who has sent him to Thiminos, and on whose authority is he acting?

Rich in images of Greece's beautiful islands and evoking a life unknown to most outsiders, this compelling novel leads the reader into a world where the myths of the past are not forgotten, and forbidden passion still has dangerous consequences.

Anne Zouroudi was born in England and has lived in the Greek islands. Her attachment to Greece remains strong; the country is the inspiration for much of her writing. She now lives in northern England.
  • "A cautionary tale about the deadly sin of lust-a riveting story...It proves as surprising as a classic detective story, and as sad and inevitable as an ancient Greek drama." (The Wall Street Journal).

  • "This literary mystery has all the breeziness of a Greek isle, and its charming, eccentric chief detective deserves a sequel." (More magazine).

  • "Atmospheric...Zouroudi has a deft way with words and an uncanny ability to create a sense of place." (Library Journal (Starred Review)).

  • PRAISE FOR THE MESSENGER OF ATHENS:

    "Anne Zouroudi writes beautifully - her books have all the sparkle and light of the island landscapes in which she sets them." (Alexander McCall Smith).

  • "Hermes Diaktoros is a delight. Half Poirot, half deus ex machina, but far more earth-bound than his first name suggests, the portly detective has an other-worldly, Marlowesque incorruptibility as he waddles through the mean olive groves. There is also a cracking plot, colourful local characters and descriptions of the hot, dry countryside so strong that you can almost see the heat haze and hear the cicadas - the perfect read to curl up with as the nights draw in."
    (The Guardian).

  • "This powerfully atmospheric mystery embraces Mediterranean passion, mythic meddling and patriarchal persecution." (Independent).

  • "Absorbing and beautifully written...reveals the savage, superstitious reality behind the pretty facade that is all that most of us know of any Greek island." (Literary Review).

  • (Library Journal).

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Product Details

The Messenger of Athens
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Price: $14.99 US/$16.50 CAN
  • Pages: 352
  • Physical Dimensions: 5-1/2" x 8-1/4"
  • ISBN-13: 9780316069915
  • On Sale Date: 07/01/2011
The Messenger of Athens