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Athenian Murders, the (2000) [Novel]
by Jose Carlos Somoza Rating: Weighted - 7.9 / Average - 8.0 of 10 (2 votes) (Rate!)
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Summary (From the publisher):

In ancient Athens, one of the pupils of Plato's Academy is found dead. His idealistic teacher Diagoras is convinced the pupil's death is not as accidental as it appears, and asks the famous Heracles Pontor, the "Decipherer of Enigmas," to investigate. As the death toll rises, the two men find themselves drawn into the dangerous underworld of the Athenian aristocracy, risking their own lives to solve the riddle of these young men's deaths. Simultaneously, a second plot unfolds: that of the modern-day translator of the ancient text, who, as he proceeds with his work, becomes convinced that the original author has hidden a second meaning in the text, one that can be interpreted through certain repeated words and images. As the story advances, however, the translator is alarmed to discover references to himself, which seem to address him personally in an increasingly menacing fashion.

Original title: Caverna de las ideas
Original languages: Spanish


Genre: FictionCrime and MysteryDetective Story and DetectivesHistorical
FictionHistoricalAncient World (Greece, Rome, etc)Greece

Edition #1: The Athenian Murders

The Athenian Murders (2002)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Translated by: Sonia Soto
  • "[Somoza's]erudite mix of ancient crime and modern detection transcends the usual confines of the historical whodunnit." The Times
  • "A thriller of great originality with a detective in Heracles to rival Chief Inspector Morse as one of the cleverest in crime fiction." Sunday Telegraph
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The Athenian Murders (2002)

Format: Hardcover
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN: 0374106770
Pages: 262

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