The Golden Silence Paperback – 9 May 2005
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'[A] compelling crime novel which speeds along, never faltering in pace, to a gripping showdown.' - Scotsman
Paul Johnston reveals the Athens that the Greek Tourist Board don't want us to know about. Dark, terrifying and still shadowed by its past, this is a city that nurses its secrets until the tenacious Alex Mavros rips the curtain aside. This is a grippingly good read. (Val McDermid on THE GOLDEN SILENCE)
Crime aficionados have particular cause to be grateful to the talented Paul Johnston: apart from the much-acclaimed series of Quintin Dalrymple, Scottish-set novels, Johnston has created another, equally distinctive series. The Alex Mavros books are set in Greece (where the author now lives), and this half-Greek, half-Scots private eye is a memorable creation; resourceful, quixotic and sympathetic. A Deeper Shade of Blue was a powerful outing for Mavros; The Golden Silence is, if anything, even better. This time, Alex is assigned to track down a missing teenager. As Alex searches, he is aware of a host of savage deaths in Athens. Then Alex begins to notice connections, and as he enters a dangerous criminal underworld, the remnants of the civil war begin to figure in a lethal scenario. Mavros is a more straightforward character than the eccentric Dalrymple, but this new series is proving to be Paul Johnston's most trenchant work yet. (Good Book Guide / Crime Time)
'I loved Paul Johnston's Quint Dalrymple series, and Alex Mavros is shaping up to be just as good, if not better' PETER ROBINSON
'THE LAST RED DEATH is that rare breed of thriller: a ripping page-turner that is also stylish and intelligent. The heart, passions and politics of Greece come absolutely alive under Johnston's masterful touch' JEFFERY DEAVER
With this gripping, vicious thriller, Paul Johnston proves yet again why he deserves his place on the crime-writing pedestal beside Ian Rankin and Quintin Jardine (Daily Record)
'Paul Johnston is, in my opinion, one of the most underrated crime writers . . .This book is original and high-paced . . . Johnston deserves to be a bestseller with this one.' - Shots Magazine
'The character of Mavros and the portrait of Greece make THE LAST RED DEATH stand out from the crowd' TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT
[A] compelling crime novel which speeds along, never faltering in pace, to a gripping showdown. (Scotsman)
'fast-moving and exciting, delving into the criminal hierarchy of Athens' - Western Mail
Paul Johnston reveals the Athens that the Greek Tourist Board don't want us to know about. Dark, terrifying and still shadowed by its past, this is a city that nurses its secrets until the tenacious Alex Mavros rips the curtain aside. This is a grippingly good read. (Val McDermid)
As in all the best thrillers, bullets and fists fly in profusion as Alex follows the trail to the missing girl and finds relationships moulded in the agonising fires of Greece's awful time under the colonels. (The Times)
New crime novel featuring Greek PI Alex Mavros, by CWA award winning author Paul Johnston.See all Product description
Top customer reviews
I enjoy series of books like these as you can relate to the characters and places within the stories.
Each one of the series is most interesting, and to read basically a thriller written around the Greek culture also educates on the geography of the place.
A author I have never read before, and one I will continue to read in the future.
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