A Dead Man in Athens
by Michael Pearce
✅ Editor: Little, Brown Book Group
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This title is fixed in Athens, in 1913, the capital of a country on the brink of war.The new Greek Prime Minister, Venizelos, tired of the Ottoman masters, has what he calls the Great Idea, a vision of a new Greece that unites all the Greeks scattered around the Mediterranean.Not a good idea, from the point of view of other countries, especially Great Britain, which believes in letting sleeping dogs bind her sleeping dogs.And the catsIncluding the one who recently poisoned herself in Athens and who belonged to the ex-Sultan’s exile.Unfortunately, as we do with the Balkans, rumours are flying around, one of them being that it was an observation of the shooting of the ex-Sultan himself.This, in the Balkans, could start a war, and so Great Britain has to sit down and take note.Something needs to be doneFastAnd – please exhort the diplomats – low-keyThe weakest key of all is to send a Scotland Yard police officer to study, and, as it happens, the Foreigners’ Office has one person in mind: Seymour, from the IDA, who has had some experience of this kind of thing beforehand.
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