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The Green Lady (Alex Mavros Series #5)

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Set against a glorious Greek backdrop, the intriguing new mystery featuring half Greek, half Scots PI, Alex Mavros

Hired by the wife of one of Greece’s richest men to find her missing fourteen-year-old daughter, Mavros faces an uphill battle. But he’s not the only one looking for Lia . . . When a man’s charred corpse is discovered in a remote farmhouse, and the headless body of another is found in the ancient stadium at Delphi, Mavros confronts the possibility that one of his ...

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Overview

Set against a glorious Greek backdrop, the intriguing new mystery featuring half Greek, half Scots PI, Alex Mavros

Hired by the wife of one of Greece’s richest men to find her missing fourteen-year-old daughter, Mavros faces an uphill battle. But he’s not the only one looking for Lia . . . When a man’s charred corpse is discovered in a remote farmhouse, and the headless body of another is found in the ancient stadium at Delphi, Mavros confronts the possibility that one of his deadliest foes has returned to Greece, and that there may be a connection with the Lia Poulou case.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The 2004 Athens Olympics provide the backdrop for Johnston’s absorbing fifth mystery featuring half-Greek, half-Scottish PI Alex Mavros (after 2012’s The Silver Stain). Angie Poulou, the wife of powerful businessman Paschos Poulou, hires Alex to find their missing 14-year-old daughter, but she doesn’t want Alex to let her husband know about the investigation. Meanwhile, a torturer known only as the Son is leaving a trail of the mutilated bodies of Demeter worshippers in his wake. Alex—with some help from his friend Yiorgos Pandazopoulos (aka the Fat Man)—follows the meager evidence to the small town of Paradheisos, where Paschos’s company is polluting the environment and Paschos’s lawyer friend, Rovertos Bekakos, is indulging his pedophilia. The banter between Alex and the Fat Man helps relieve the often grim action. Johnston does a good job concealing what exactly is happening and who’s working for or against whom until late in the game. Agent: Broo Doherty, Wade and Doherty (U.K.). (Mar.)
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“Johnston’s absorbing fifth mystery”
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"Set in Greece during the 2004 Athens Olympics, this engaging mystery effectively incorporates Greek Mythology into its multiple plotlines."
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"Set in Greece during the 2004 Athens Olympics, this engaging mystery effectively incorporates Greek mythology into its multiple plotlines"
Kirkus Reviews
Greek-Scot missing persons specialist Alex Mavros, whose fourth case (The Silver Stain, 2012) raced from one felony to the next with reckless abandon, goes even further in his fifth, reaching all the way back to the rituals of Demeter to root his latest discoveries in Greece's sordid almost-present. Angela Poulou isn't exactly close to her husband, wealthy businessman Paschos Poulou. So, instead of asking him if he has any idea what might have happened to their missing daughter Lia, she lets three months pass without hearing a hint of a ransom demand and then hires Alex, warning him that he can't question any of Lia's friends or anyone who might know anything about the case. It's a decision that's not only baffling, but perilous, since Alex's previous adventures have been more notable for multiplying rather than resolving mayhem. And so it goes again, this time against the backdrop of the 2004 Athens Olympics. Alex soon links Lia's disappearance, at least to his own satisfaction, to pagan sacrificial rituals, contemporary smuggling, a ring of child molesters so well-connected that they're untouchable, and a series of grisly murders whose victims are marked by carefully placed pomegranate seeds. Since readers know as well as Alex who's committing these murders--a vengeful assassin dubbed the Son with whom he's already tangled, at some cost to them both--the leading mystery is whether Johnston will tie these monstrous crimes together to the satisfaction of anyone but Alex. "Ancient artifacts and modern underage girls," sniffs Alex's old friend Yiorgos Pandazopoulous, aka the Fat Man. If that combination sets your heart racing, Alex is your man.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781780295343
  • Publisher: Severn House Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/15/2014
  • Series: Alex Mavros Series , #5
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,438,508
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet 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 four previous Alex Mavros novels, he is the author of the award-winning Quint and Matt Wells crime series.

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