A Dead Man in Athens (Sandor Seymour Series #3)

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In 1913, a poisoned cat, an exiled Sultan, and a new vision of an ascendant Greece threaten the Balkans with utter chaos and war. Something has to be done, and fast. Who was behind the feline poisoning? British Special Branch officer Seymour is on the case.

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A Dead Man in Athens (Sandor Seymour Series #3)

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In 1913, a poisoned cat, an exiled Sultan, and a new vision of an ascendant Greece threaten the Balkans with utter chaos and war. Something has to be done, and fast. Who was behind the feline poisoning? British Special Branch officer Seymour is on the case.

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Publishers Weekly
Pearce hits his stride with his third mystery (after 2005's A Dead Man in Istanbul) to chronicle the international exploits of Sandor Seymour, a polyglot Scotland Yard detective who's just as engaging as Owen Gareth, the hero of Pearce's Mamur Zapt series set in early 20th-century Egypt. In 1912, Seymour leaves London's East End for Athens to investigate the poisoning of the cat of the Sultan of Turkey, who has been exiled to Greece. Given the perpetually strained relations between the Greeks and Ottomans and the broader political turmoil on the eve of WWI, the authorities fear the cat's death may presage an attempt on the sultan himself. Sure enough, a human death follows, and Seymour's mission gathers momentum and urgency. By effectively wedding prewar intrigue to an often humorous plot, Pearce should retain the loyalty of fans and attract new readers. (Oct.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A sultan's pet cat is poisoned. Not everyone loved poor pussy. One wife did, another didn't, and the rest of the sultan's harem was neutral. The sultan, however, adored the creature, possibly because there's so little else in his life to like. He's been exiled from Turkey, forced into less-than-palatial digs in Greece and left with a handful of wives. And several Balkan countries think it would be nice if he perished. Was the cat a first strike? Scotland Yard sends Special Branch Officer Seymour to investigate. He's soon embroiled in Balkan politics of 1913 and cat-fighting on the domestic front. Lady Samira wishes to be First Wife; Lady Irina would do anything to escape the harem, the eunuchs who oversee it and the sundry Viziers and Acting Viziers. Along the way, a rudimentary aeroplane is sabotaged, an additive is drizzled into goat's milk, chocolates are tinkered with and the sultan turns out to be a hypochondriac. Nonetheless, Seymour wends his way through the troublemakers to assign blame, then head back to England for what he hopes will be a spot of tranquility. Pearce brings a lighter, droller touch to the Seymour series (A Dead Man in Trieste, 2004) than to his tales of Egypt's Mamur Zapt. But he still excels at documenting early-20th-century politics and attitudes.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781569476109
  • Publisher: Soho Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/1/2009
  • Series: Sandor Seymour Series, #3
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Pearce lives in southwest London and is best known as the author of the award-winning Mamur Zapt books.

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