Bitter Lemon Press
On Sale: July 10, 2018
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Stratos Gazis hates being called a hit man. What he is, is a
conscientious fixer. He fixes problems that few can fix.
Things that people are willing to pay handsomely to get done
provided he concludes the targets deserve their fate. The
story centers around the blue-eyed orphan Emma, the “baby
blue” of the title, a beautiful teenage girl with a talent
for card tricks of exceptional sophistication – all the more
impressive for her tender years and the blindness that has
afflicted her since the age of eight. Emma and her adoptive
father, a former investigative journalist, roam the streets
of Athens together, earning enough to keep body and soul
together by performing Chaplinesque sketches. When the
ex-journalist is brutally murdered, Angelino, a
well-connected Athenian underworld figure, takes the girl
under his wing and retains the services of Stratos to find
her father’s killers. Meanwhile, Costas Dragas, a top
homicide cop and Gazis’s best friend, has taken on the
investigation of a spate of murders of pedophiles, and as
usual, has gone to war with the media. It slowly emerges
that their cases intersect and that corporate interests,
more powerful than they could ever have imagined, lie behind
the murders they both need to solve. Through a combination
of experience and the ability to read the ailing city, its
residents and its streets with consummate skill, the case is
solved, but not without some subliminal tutoring from a
great classic of the cinema.
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