The Black Life
Alex Mavros, a half-Greek, half-Scots private investigator, is hired by a wealthy French jeweler to find his uncle, Aron Samuel, who was recently spotted in Thessaloniki. The problem is that Samuel was supposedly killed, along with the rest of his family, in Auschwitz. In tracking the shadowy Samuel down, Mavros discovers the man has a dangerous past and that his activities have caught the attention of the CIA and the Mossad. With the Frenchman’s daughter constantly at his side, Mavros confronts members of a re-emergent neo-Nazi party, and uncovers secrets from the past most Greeks would rather keep hidden.
The Black Life is the sixth in the Alex Mavros series, and the first for this reader, but it definitely won’t be the last. Mavros is a well-drawn character with a sidekick who is aptly known as the Fat Man, and a difficult home life – not the least because he lives under constant guard because of threats on his life from past cases and because Niki, his girlfriend, desperately wants a child, but is unable to conceive. At times I felt the author focused too much on Mavros’s and Niki’s relationship, but in the end I discovered why and it all made sense. I look forward to reading more in the series.