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The Athenian Murders by Jose Carlos Somoza

In The Athenian Murders, there are two mysteries to be solved. A modern-day translator is attempting to translate an ancient Greek mystery novel called The Athenian Murders. He makes his comments about the book and his translation in footnotes at the bottom of the page. While reading and trying to solve the murder mystery within the story, he begins to find references to himself in the text. Afraid that his own mental, if not physical, health depends on solving both mysteries, the translator moves from being on the fringe of the story to the center of it. Jose Carlos Somoza has written an intelligent and clever novel that turns the mystery inside out and keeps you guessing as to which is truth and which is fantasy until the very end.
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