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Author: Brent Ghelfi Narrator: Robertson Dean Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Volk Series Release Date: May 2011 ISBN: 9781481571371
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Another prominent journalist is found murdered in Putin's Russia, shot to death on the banks of theTecha River near the radioactive village of Metlino. Katarina Mironova, known around the world as Kato, could simply fade from the public eye, one more journalist killed during Putin's war on the free press, one more statistic in a grim tally. But to Russian agent Alexei Volkovoy, Kato's murder evokes far more emotion. It summons too many memories, haunts him in too many ways for him to allow her death go unavenged.

Volk's investigation takes him from Moscow to Mayak, the site of a nuclear reprocessing plant where a massive explosion occurred in 1957, then to Las Vegas. All the while, the life he has known with his long-time lover, Valya, and his patron, the General, slowly unravels as details about his secret ties to Kato begin to emerge. Meanwhile, American contract agent Grayson Stone and shadowy French assassin Jean-Louis have secrets of their own to protect. Secrets born in the Afghan desert and the streets of Fallujah. Secrets about the tragic consequences of a nuclear alliance among venal Russian, American, and French politicians. Secrets the American and the French governments will pay anything to protect.

In the end, Volk becomes both the hunter and the hunted in the glittering neon jungle of Las Vegas. Equally at home in the snow-covered woods of the Ural mountains and the seamy alleyways of Industrial Boulevard, Volk tracks his prey across the world trying to learn the truth about the story Kato died trying to report.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Readers who relish the darker side of today’s Russia will welcome Ghelfi’s fourth thriller featuring spy Alexei ‘Volk’ Volkovoy.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The Burning Lake is evocatively written, and Volk is a marvelous antihero. Ghelfi’s Russia is a soul-numbing nightmare of corruption, crime, deadly pollution, and lost hope. This one merits comparison with the brilliant thrillers of Martin Cruz Smith and Tom Rob Smith.”


  • “Readers will be riveted to this passionately written suspense saga. Volk is a memorably likable bad hat whose character Ghelfi burnishes with well-supported events and settings. Action addicts will queue up for this Volk episode and wait eagerly for the next one.

    Library Journal

  • “Ghelfi’s punchy noir prose holds his fourth Volk novel together, and the plot is appealingly twisty.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jude | 11/30/2013

    " Love the Volk series, can't wait for another! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dr | 11/17/2013

    " Fourth in a terrific series. Indestructible, cynical "Volk" is a dark, Russian version of Jack Reacher, only with a prosthetic limb and a girlfriend scarier than he is! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sandy | 2/16/2013

    " Crude, violent, dull...blech, hated it "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 6/6/2012

    " Lacks some of the narrative punch of earlier entries in the series, but Volk remains an interesting character. I find myself wishing Ghelfi had spent more time on Volk's relationships, which are rather more compelling. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diane | 11/3/2011

    " Well written, frightening and deeply thought provoking. I couldn't stop reading and I couldn't stop thinking and questioning how things could be as they are. You can't help but be pulled into this nightmarish scenario. I was left shaken, yet want to read much more by this author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Catherine | 9/16/2011

    " I liked this murder mystery--it is steeped in the history of cold war politics "

About the Author

Brent Ghelfi is the author of the critically acclaimed Shadow of the Wolf and The Venona Cable as well as Volk’s Game, which was nominated by the International Thriller Writers for Best First Novel of 2007 and by Mystery News and Deadly Pleasures magazines for a Barry Award for Best Thriller.

About the Narrator

Robertson Dean has played leading roles on and off Broadway and at dozens of regional theaters throughout the country. He has a BA from Tufts University and an MFA from Yale. His audiobook narration has garnered ten AudioFile Earphones Awards. He now lives in Los Angeles, where he works in film and television in addition to narrating.