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).