X is for Xenakis.
Many people whose everyday jobs bring them into close contact with crime turn to writing crime fiction. Lawyers Michael Genelin and Gianrico Carofiglio, forensic anthropologist Kathy Reich and Pinkerton detective Dashiell Hammett immediately spring to mind.
Dr Sappho Xenakis is the Marie Curie Intra European Fellow 2009-2011 at the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy, and has also held a postdoctoral fellowship at the LSE. Her special interests are organised crime, corruption and police practices. Later in the year her book entitled The Politics of Organised Crime: Theory and Practice is being published by Routledge, and she has also co-edited Crime and Punishment in Contemporary Greece. Not books for the everyday reader but something that academic libraries would be interested in purchasing.
During the Greek riots in December 2008 she was interviewed on BBC Newsnight, Al Jazeera, BBC World News, and the BBC World Service.
Dr Xenakis might well transfer her considerable expertise into writing crime fiction, as she has both the good looks and intelligence to be a very marketable author.
I have to confess an interest as my mother's youngest brother is the grandfather of Dr Xenakis.