Out of nowhere, a serial killer assails bankers and financiers, while posters go up all over Athens, urging people not to pay loan instalments and credit card debts. In his latest novel featuring Inspector Haritos of the murder squad, and the first in what will be The Crisis Trilogy, Petros Markaris takes his readers to the heart of a murky business. The story is based on the economic crisis in Greece and its manifold repercussions on everyday life. It unfolds against the backdrop of the city’s traffic congestion as the urban landscape intrudes into the novel and plays a part in developments.
It’s a page-turner, with non-stop action, solidly drawn characters, exciting reversals, and humorous touches, Like all of the author’s crime fiction, Due Loans reflects the moment in which it is set, in this case the socio-political reality of a country that has reached the limits of its endurance
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