The Messenger of Athens

The Messenger of Athens

Book - 2010
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Idyllic but remote, the Greek island of Thiminos seems untouched and untroubled 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 into the crime he believes has been committed. Refusing to accept the woman's death as an accident or suicide, Hermes Diaktoros sets out to uncover the truths that skulk beneath this small community's exterior. Hermes's methods of investigation are unorthodox, and his message to the islanders is plain - tell the truth or face the consequences. Before long, he's uncovering a tale of passion, corruption and murder that entangles many of the island's residents. But Hermes brings his own mystery into the web of dark secrets and lies - and as he travels the rugged island landscape to investigate, questions and suspicions arise amongst the locals. Who has sent him to Thiminos, and on whose authority is he acting? And how does he know of dramas played out decades ago? Rich in images of Greece's beautiful islands and evoking a life unknown to most outsiders, this wonderful novel leads the reader into a world where the myths of the past are not forgotten and forbidden passion still has dangerous consequences.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Co., 2010, c2007
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780316075428
Branch Call Number: Mystery
Characteristics: 324 p. : map ; 22 cm


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Nov 05, 2016

The first book in the Hermes Diaktoros series

Apr 27, 2016

The author attempts to compensate for a weak plot and stereotypical characters by using elaborate descriptions to create "atmosphere." Unfortunately she applies her descriptions like a tweenager experimenting with make-up for the first time -- she layers it on far too thickly. This makes for tedious reading. In the words of the well-known aphorism, "sometimes less is more."

rebeccamackenzie Dec 04, 2013

It brings the Greek Islands to life. And justice is served in the most unique way.

Nov 05, 2011

“The Messenger of Athens” introduces us to Hermes Diaktoros, a fat man who is remarkably light on his feet, and carries a satchel with the most interesting contents. He arrives in the island of Thiminos to help in the investigation of the death of Irini Asimakopoulos. But who is he? And why has he really come? Bit by bit, the story is unpeeled –well, a bit graphically at times – sometimes in the first person, sometimes in the third, with little nudges and hints to draw the reader deeper into the story. Ms. Zouroudi has done a very charming thing: she makes the reader feel clever. And oddly enough, this reader now understands Neil Gamin’s “American Gods” just a little bit better too. Hopefully, the sleek, ocean going cruiser the Aphrodite will drop anchor again soon, and we will see more of Hermes Diaktoros.

Aug 28, 2011

Another intriguing mystery. Will we ever learn the 'truth' about Hermes?

Blackjack_1 May 27, 2011

I am looking forward to the next book in the series. This story is a cross between Alexander McCall Smith and Agatha Cristie!

Jan 10, 2011

Although too long and draggy, Anne Zouroudi’s debut murder mystery shows promise with its careful depiction of the passions, pathologies, and corruption of a small Greek village. Chapter 15 provides an unusually astute study of the types of psychological pressures Greek family members exert to control one another. And the character of Zouroudi’s chief sleuth, Hermes Diaktoros, is a fascinating combination of bon vivant, folk healer, and avenging angel.


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