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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (143 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William Ryan Narrator: Robin Sachs Publisher: Dreamscape Media Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2012 ISBN:
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It is 1937, and Captain Alexei Korolev finds himself on an airplane bound for Odessa after the suspicious suicide of a loyal young party member who supposedly had an illicit relationship with the party director. His instructions are to determine if her suicide was actually a cover-up for murder, and if so, to find her killer. She was working on the set of a movie subsidized by the state, and the pool of possible suspects is large and daunting. Korolev finds help from several quarters, but none of them can make up for the one important fact of his case which he cannot discuss. Moral, loyal, and also committed to justice, Korolev is trapped between the demands of the party and those of the truth.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 2/14/2014

    " A Stalinist Russia's police procedural featuring Captain Alexei Korolev. This is the 2nd in the series and is as interesting and intriguing as the first book, The Holy Field. Set in 1937, Korolev is sent from Moscow to Odessa to investigate the murder of a young woman, a loyal party member with friends in high places. Enter actresses, film makers, writers, gunrunners, thieves,terrorists and the militia---all with secrets, demands and fears and Korolev is placed in the difficult position of solving the case, following orders from above and keeping secrets. Again, I am looking forward to the next Korolev mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lee | 1/28/2014

    " Captain Korolev is worth following. This and the previous, the Holy Thief, are very good and interestingly set in 1930s Russia. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Erin | 1/20/2014

    " Had a really hard time getting into this book, I tried the first chapter and it just didn't grab my interest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Godowd | 1/5/2014

    " Excellent read - a really gripping novel - better than his debut. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matthew Ogborn | 12/28/2013

    " Incredibly atmospheric opening chapter that drew me in instantly. The moving of the setting to Odessa from Moscow did not matter one jot, the colourful cast of characters given room to breathe. Korolev continues to delight. More please "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Morgiana | 12/16/2013

    " This was a good read - the storyline wasn't full with surprises, but the author gave back a very good atmosphere in the Soviet Union: fear, loathing, unsteadiness, alertness - you can find there every negatives you ever dreamed of. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shane | 11/29/2013

    " Dark brooding soviet mystery awesomeness. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Neil | 12/13/2012

    " Very Good, I look forward to more investigations by Korolev as his character develops and the team around him. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 11/21/2012

    " It was a very good story, but a bit confusing due to my lack knowledge of the Soviet Union. "

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About the Author
Author William Ryan

William Ryan is author of The Holy Thief, which was a Barry Award nominee for Best First Novel and shortlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year. Born in London, Ryan attended Trinity College, Dublin, and completed his master’s in creative writing at St. Andrews University.

About the Narrator

Robin Sachs (1951–2013), actor and narrator, was raised in London and trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. His audiobook narrations earned ten Earphones Awards. His acting credits include Alias, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dynasty, Nowhere Man, Babylon 5, Diagnosis Murder, Galaxy Quest, Northfork, Ocean’s 11, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, and Megalodon.