Detective Sergeant George Manolis is a great new addition to the Australian crime scene
A brilliant new name in Australian crime
Papathanasiou writes unsparingly, confidently, and compellingly.
Political crime fiction of the highest order
The author effortlessly transports his reader to Southern Europe's borderlands, where a tragic past haunts the villages and towns, fuelling the mystery at the heart of the novel. This is first-rate crime fiction.
Like The Stoning, the new book shows [Papathanasiou's] ability to combine suspense, politics and lyrical descriptive writing
This second Manolis thriller is a wonderful evocation of a little-known part of Europe with spectacular scenery and dangerous wildlife, not to mention equally dangerous Balkan criminals on the loose. Highly recommended.
Marvellous . . . Exciting . . . A great read
The Invisible continues an assured, propulsive and atmospheric new series that crime fiction fans will devour
This second novel is very different from the first, a difference that reflects the range of Papathanasiou's talents. The narrative contains some lovely descriptive writing that evokes the beauty of this remote landscape. Students of ethnography are particularly likely to enjoy the setting, since it is at the junction of three cultures and three distinct histories that all feed into the development of the story
It's a fascinating and entirely effective replacement for the desert hellscape setting of Papathanasiou's debut, The Stoning, and he peoples the rugged landscape with plausible characters who each have their own reasons for preferring a life lived on the fringes of 21st-century society
While the tone is very different to The Stoning, The Invisible is every bit as enjoyable and Papathanasiou is displaying his diverse talents early on in his career as a novelist
Papathanasiou adds considerably to the crime literature defined as Australian. He has his own individuality and represents a successful amalgam of Greek and Australian literature. The writing is vivid and atmospheric. The characters are superbly drawn. Papathanasiou doesn't pull any punches as he takes a clear-eyed look at hypocrisies old and new
It has a lot more richness and meaning than your standard thriller. And the reader is seriously enlightened. It will stay with you
A reflective story with solid characterisation. The pacing is gentle, but this perfectly evokes the setting and way of life. A socially and politically aware novel
This story of a difficult investigation is an unusual and interesting contribution to the genre.
An intriguing and tense thriller with a strong sense of place and well-drawn characters