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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (564 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William Ryan Narrator: Simon Vanc Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Captain Alexei Dimitrevich Korolev Series Release Date:
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Moscow, 1936, and Stalin’s Great Terror is beginning. In a deconsecrated church, a young woman is found dead, her mutilated body displayed on the altar for all to see. Captain Alexei Korolev, finally beginning to enjoy the benefits of his success with the Criminal Investigation Division of the Moscow Militia, is asked to investigate. But when he discovers that the victim is an American citizen, the NKVD—the most feared organization in Russia—becomes involved. Soon, Korolev’s every step is under close scrutiny and one false move will mean exile to The Zone, where enemies of the Soviet State, both real and imagined, meet their fate in the frozen camps of the far north.

Committed to uncovering the truth behind the gruesome murder, Korolev enters the realm of the Thieves, rulers of Moscow’s underworld. As more bodies are discovered and pressure from above builds, Korolev begins to question who he can trust and who, in a Russia where fear, uncertainty, and hunger prevail, are the real criminals. Soon, Korolev will find not only his moral and political ideals threatened, but also his life.

William Ryan’s remarkable debut will storm into ten countries in what is sure to be an international publishing event. With Captain Alexei Korolev, William Ryan has given us one of the most compelling detectives in modern literature, a man dogged and humble, a man who will lead us through a fear-choked Russia to find the only thing that can save him or any of us—the truth.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Matt | 2/10/2014

    " First we had Martin Cruz Smith, then Tom Rob Smith, and now William Ryan-- yet another murder mystery set behind the iron curtain and starring a staunch Soviet detective. I've loved this genre so far, so hopefully this book can remove some of the bad taste in my mouth left behind by Smith's latest Arkady Renko novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Clyn | 2/9/2014

    " A very well-written novel set in pre-WWII Moscow. I absolutely loved the language and the images conjured by the beautiful writing, not to mention the well researched authentic presentation of not only the mindset, but the way of life for citizens of this era. The story was intricate and unpredictable, which i found very intriguing. A solid 4 star book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Karyn Gustafson | 2/3/2014

    " This book is exactly what I'm hoping to get when I read a historical mystery. Interesting characters, great story, and well-written atmosphere. I could just about smell the Soviet winter while I was reading in the July heat. The main character's morality intrigued me, too. I love everything Cold War-related and the subplot about a potential defector made me think differently about those who did defect and why. I always like to picture them as heroic, leaving godless Communism for the bright hope of the West, but perhaps some were actually just criminal traitors looking to avoid consequences with no thought for the repercussions to those left behind. I'm interested enough that I think I'll check out some of the books in the bibliography-there's one about the history of jazz music in the Soviet Union. Seriously? Jazz, there? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by C.j. | 1/24/2014

    " Neither height nor depth, but nonetheless, a reasonably well-tailored and paced in-between. There are those books that are raised by the quality of characters--this wasn't one. But for a summer sun laze around, it needed neither too much nor too little attention. One word? bemused. "

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