A polar Greek Agatha Christie

Un polar grec à la Agatha Christie

In this novel of classic Christos Markogiannakis is the stage for a police captain who would have surely liked Hercule Poirot in person !

Dying scene
Christos Markogiannakis
Editions Albin Michel
288 pages”>

Dying scene
Christos Markogiannakis
Editions Albin Michel
288 pages

A native of Heraklion, Crete, Christos Markogiannakis has lived in Paris for several years already. No longer as a criminal defense lawyer, but as a writer : every day at 8: 30 a.m., he sits down in front of his computer and can type at full speed. It was because he has things to tell ! In addition to having published a crime Scene at the Louvre and crime Scenes, Orsay (france), two works that focus on the killings, reproduced in the works of art, he also writes crime novels, the second of which has recently been translated from the Greek.

“In 2012, I wanted to put myself to write the novels that I would have liked to read,” explains Christos Markogiannakis. I have no taste for literature violent that describes with realism the holes in the head, blood spurting everywhere on the walls, etc., This is the black side of the human psyche that interests me. And having been able to start to read Agatha Christie at the age of eight years old, I insisted that my own stories can also be appreciated by the young and the less young. “

Its main asset ? Christophoros Markou, a police captain freshly out beyond all the usual stereotypes. To be clear, he doesn’t drink, do drugs, do not not have family problems or psychological and does not listen to jazz. “In fact, it is so normal and lives so spartan that even him cannot imagine the hero of a detective series,” exclaims Christos Markogiannakis.

An explosive situation

This police series, Christos Markogiannakis has been initiated with The 5e floor of the faculty of law. A book published in us in 2018 and in which the said Christophoros Markou has had to make the light on the two murders in the corridors of the faculty of law of Athens. Is precisely where he himself studied. And should it have read to enjoy to Die in the scene, the second — and brand new ! — opus of the series ? No, not at all. Among other things because the plot takes place in a different world : one of show-business.

Even if it is mainly a lover of bel canto, the captain Christophoros Markou has agreed to ensure the security of Neni Vanda. At 55 years old, the biggest pop star of Greece has decided to put an end to his very long career… but not without having first given a last concert on a beach of the athenian Riviera. You can also attend “live” in the prologue and, like the 50 000 fans in attendance, we will soon see several flashes of lightning followed by a veritable fireworks display giant. Despite all the precautions taken by Christophoros and his team, the platform on which Neni Vanda stood there a few seconds just exploded…

The swan song of a diva

“There is a Greek singer that I like a lot since my childhood and it was in thinking of it that I wondered what was happening when an artist of her calibre, started to lose voice and talent because of the age, says Christos Markogiannakis. What should she do ? Continue ? Or stop at the risk of losing his main reason to live ? It is this questioning that I was interested because in this environment, there has always been a lot of competition and jealousy. It is very human, with all of this ! “

“I also wanted to show the environment of post crisis and the showbiz Greek, continued Christos Markogiannakis. Before, people used to go out three or four times per week, and all of these habits of entertainment have changed with the economic crisis. “But between us, this are not some theaters are half empty, which will prevent the captain Christophoros Markou to sleep. No. Him, which bothers the most, it is not to be taken quite seriously all of the mysterious accidents (brakes of the car that let go, cable to the transferor at the wrong time, etc) that Neni had been the victim of its living. Then, as a Hercule Poirot would have done, Christophoros will soon put all her little grey cells contribution to discover who had really to pass on the diva in the other world.

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