Set on the remote Greek island of Thiminos – a fictionalised version of Symi, near Rhodes, where Anne lived for a number of years – The Messenger of Athens opens with the discovery of a young woman’s battered body. The local police are quick to dismiss her death as an accident, but then a stranger arrives, uninvited, from Athens, announcing his intention to investigate further. His methods are unorthodox as the white shoes he wears, and he brings his own mystery into the web of dark secrets and lies. Who has sent him, on whose authority is he acting, and how does he know of dramas played out decades ago?
The Messenger of Athens is the first book featuring Hermes Diaktoros, whose origins are as mysterious as the baffling cases he solves. First published to wide literary acclaim in 2007, this 2017 edition is a new ‘Author’s Cut’, revised and in parts rewritten for its tenth anniversary.
Praise for The Messenger of Athens
‘Absorbing and beautifully written and reveals the savage, superstitious reality behind the pretty façade that is all that most of us know of any Greek island’ Jessica Mann, Literary Review
‘Gripping and tense with an atmosphere which holds you in thrall’ Susan Hill
‘This powerfully atmospheric mystery embraces Mediterranean passion, mythic meddling and patriarchal persecution. First-time novelist Anne Zouroudi proves a natural at the dark arts of writing Euro-crime’ Independent
‘Anne Zouroudi writes about the nitty-gritty underbelly of life on the Greek islands but with much pathos and passion. Each one is a delicious delight to be savoured at your leisure’ Top Ten Best Novels about Greece, Away with the Ferries