Publisher: Bitter Lemon Press
Published: January 2017
Perth has a new world-class crime writer in its midst and his name is Pol Koutsakis. Greek-born Koutsakis has created a tightly packed mystery that moves between the backstreets and migrant suburbs of post-GFC Athens and the glamorous mansions and film sets populated by the still-rich. Narrated by Stratos Gazis, an ‘ethical’ contract killer and man of few words whose closest friends are a homicide detective and a transgender sex-worker, Athenian Blues is a contemporary crime novel that also owes a stylistic debt to the noir films of 1940s Hollywood. Sharp dialogue and a textured story leading to an unexpectedly dark ending make Athenian Blues an impressive crime debut. Stratos Gazis is an antihero you will want to spend more time with – which means you should probably also grab a copy of Baby Blue, the second novel in the series.