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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (327 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Paul Watkins Narrator: Paul Michael Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Inspector Pekkala Series Release Date:
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Deep in the Russian countryside, a thirty-ton killing machine known officially as T-34 is being developed in total secrecy. Its inventor is a rogue genius whose macabre death is considered an accident only by the innocent. Suspecting assassins everywhere, Stalin brings in his best, if least obedient, detective to solve a murder that’s tantamount to treason. Answerable to no one, Inspector Pekkala has the dictator’s permission to go anywhere and interrogate anyone. But the closer Pekkala gets to answers, the more questions he uncovers. First and foremost, why is the state’s most dreaded female operative, Commissar Major Lysenkova, investigating the case when she’s only assigned to internal affairs?

In the shadows of one of history’s most notorious regimes, Pekkala is on a collision course with not only the Soviet secret police but the USSR’s deadliest military secrets. For what he’s about to unearth could put Stalin and his Communist state under for good, and bury Pekkala with them.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A quirky, yet compelling hero, Inspector Pekkala seeks the truth in a nation—Russia—where finding truth can mean death…An outstanding example of an unusual protagonist being used to excellent advantage.”

  • “Formidably researched…Eastland writes with visceral punch.”

    Metro (UK)

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Chelsea | 1/6/2014

    " This is a series worth pursuing. I enjoy Inspector Pekkala. The author does an excellent job of portraying him as jaded and compassionate simultaneously. I also like the setting and time period. Fascinating! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by David | 1/3/2014

    " I really enjoy the chaos that our hero inspector Pekkala works amidst. Everyone's had a tough boss they've had to work for at some point, but I don't think it can get much worse than Stalin. Sam Eastland(who ever "he" is) has done a great job of balancing the gritty, minimalist, and brutal conditions of post Tsarist Russia with a variety of well played, entertaining, and empathetic characters. The fact that Pekkela often has to be more careful of his superiors than the criminals who want him out of the way offers twissting plot lines and makes this series a true original. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Pamela | 1/3/2014

    " Really enjoy this series...Good plots and historical intrigue. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Christopher Mcgurr | 12/25/2013

    " It was good, but the identity of the Killer was easy to pick up on, not the motive though so it was engaging nonetheless. "

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