Win a copy of Athenian Blues, the 1st in the Stratos Gazis crime series

Athenian Blues

Stratos hates being called a hitman. A conscientious fixer is what he is. He fixes problems that very few can deal with. Things that people are willing to pay handsomely to get done, without wanting to know about the small stuff. Stratos is their man, provided that his meticulous research shows him that the targets deserve their fate.

But now, in the midst of the Greek economic and political crisis, this film-noir loving assassin takes on the highest-profile case of his career. He finds himself caught between the most beloved lawyer in Greece, known as “the guardian of the poor”, and his actress wife, the most desirable woman in the country. They are both in dire need of his killing services, but which one is telling the truth? Helped by three childhood friends, Costas Dragas, a homicide cop, Teri, a transsexual high-class hooker and Maria, the passion of his life, he discovers that truth, in shattered loves and broken families, is, as ever, a relative thing.

“Noir fans will look forward to the next installment.” – Publishers Weekly

“Stratos narrates with bare honesty and unexpected wit, revealing Athens’ gritty side and introducing readers to his endearing and resourceful tribe of lifelong friends.” – Booklist

“Will attract fans of international crime fiction with an edge. Admirers of Lawrence Block’s “Hit Man” series may also want to try this book about a killer with a conscience.” – Library Journal

“Twists and turns will keep you riveted to the end. Pol Koutsakis’ second Stratos Gazis mystery, Baby Blue, will be published next year by Bitter Lemon. I can’t wait.” – EuroLitNetwork

To enter, simply leave a comment below. To double your chances of winning, post within your comment the answer to the question: “Teri, a high-class transsexual lady of the night, plays an important role in Athenian Blues. Where does her name come from?” 

The contest will end Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017 at 12 a.m. PDT.  The winner will be chosen at random.