Kostas Haritos series by Petros Markaris

  • Noticias de la noche, Ediciones B, 2000; Tusquets, 2008. Original title: Nυχτερινό δελτίο, 1995. English title: Late-Night News (aka Deadline in Athens in the U.S.)
  • Defensa cerrada, Ediciones B, 2001; Tusquets, 2008. Original title: Άμυνα ζώνης, 1998. English title: Zone Defence.
  • Suicidio perfecto, Ediciones B, 2004; Tusquets, 2012. Original title: Ο Τσε αυτοκτόνησε, 2003. English title: Che Committed Suicide.
  • El accionista mayoritario, Tusquets, 2008. Original title: Βασικός Μέτοχος, 2006. English title: Basic Sahereholder. As far as I know it has not been released in English yet.
  • Muerte en Estambul, Tusquets, 2009 (Death in Istanbul ). Original title: Παλιά, Πολύ Παλιά, 2008. English title: Old, very Old.
  • Con el agua al cuello, Tusquets, 2011 (Neck Deep in Water). Original title: Ληξιπρόθεσμα Δάνεια, 2010. English title: Expiring Loans.
  • Liquidación final, Tusquets, 2012 (Final Clearance). Original title: Περαίωση, 2011. English title: Termination.

Besides there is also a book with 9 short stories: Un caso del comisario Jaritos y otros relatos clandestinos, (Ediciones B, 2006) that has been republished under the title Balkan Blues (Ediciones B, 2012). Readers should be aware that it’s the same book.

I would appreciate if you let me know of any errors or omissions.

My reviews of Basic Shareholder and Death in Istanbul.

Liquidación final – Final Clearance

Liquidación final (Tusquets, 2012) – Final Clearance – originally titled Περαίωση (2011), is the seventh title in the series featuring Superintendent Kostas Jaritos by Petros Markaris. This is the second of the so called ‘Trilogy of the Crisis’, which began with his previous book, Neck Deep in Water. (Note: The English titles are my free translation from the titles in Spanish).

Synopsis: While the rich Greeks manage themselves to avoid paying taxes, the Greeks impoverished by the crisis can only be indignant at the outrageous tax evasion or desperate in view of the worsening of the situation. However, one man has decided to take action and to take the matter into his own hands. With threatening letters and outmoded weapons, he gets ready to settle scores. Meanwhile, in Athens on the verge of bankruptcy, everything is upside down, except the Homicide Division. There are no crimes, there is only routine and bureaucracy. When the body of the first victim of this particular avenger has been found, Superintendent Kostas Jaritos almost feels relieved. His superior had told him about a possible promotion, but at this moment his salary has been reduced and his daughter Katerina is considering emigrating since she cannot find a job. And he has to catch a killer who is carrying on a ‘providential’ task, applauded by many fellow citizens. (My free translation).