What happens when monks discover the dead body of a woman in the monastic realm of Mount Athos, from all females are banned? Kostas Akrivos keeps readers intrigued to the very last page of his thriller Pandemonium with a series of unsolved mysteries and suspicion on all sides. Is the death the outcome of a sexual scandal? Is the interference of a foreign power to blame? Has Lucifer himself had a hand in it or is the real cause something even more frightening than all of that?
The author evokes an atmosphere that combines the solitude of the monastic life with a worldly murder investigation in a book that flirts playfully with the detective novel without ever quite becoming one.
Akrivos casts his net beyond the confines of Athos, and the action encompasses references to the religious, social and politico-ideological make-up of contemporary Greece. (www.ithacaonline.gr)