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A Killing Winter by Tom Callaghan
  

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This is very special, a cut-above the norm and it starts a new series which is really exciting. Our series hero is Inspector Akyl Borobaev, a recently widowed chief of the murder squad in one of the recently freed Balkan states, Kyrgyzstan. He is called to investigate the murder of the Chief of Security’s daughter who has had a dead foetus stuffed into her womb. She was not pregnant. Akyl has his loyalty torn between helping the father get justice and obeying his own chief who has conflicting opinions. Flashbacks to time with his wife, helped by her uncle, a major criminal and assisted by an attractive female security agent, Akyl falls upon a group who control crime in some twenty neighbouring states. With a multi-faceted plot and lots of pace and action, this is an excellent read. Highly recommended.

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Synopsis

A Killing Winter by Tom Callaghan

'The Kyrgyz winter reminds us that the past is never dead, simply waiting to ambush us around the next corner'. When Inspector Akyl Borubaev of Bishkek Murder Squad arrives at the brutal murder scene of a young woman, all evidence hints at a sadistic serial killer on the hunt for more prey. But when the young woman's father turns out to be a leading government minister, the pressure is on Borubaev to solve the case not only quickly but also quietly, by any means possible. Until more bodies are found...Still in mourning after his wife's recent death, Borubaev descends into Bishkek's brutal underworld, a place where no-one and nothing is as it seems, where everyone is playing for the highest stakes, and where violence is the only solution.

Reviews

A Killing Winter is a highly accomplished debut . . . Tom Callaghan is a name to watch. * Promoting Crime Fiction * The denouement is suitably surprising and satisfactory. I got there breathless and tense * Thriller Books Journal * Fast-paced and enthralling * Written by Sime * The story and writing sustained me right through to the killer twist ending * Book Bonding * Ticks all the boxes of plot, setting and character. * The Crime Warp * This is a wonderful book . . . the narrative is savage yet at the same time beautifully crafted . . . A Killing Winter satisfies on so many levels * Milo Rambles * Callaghan is a hell of a writer, with a tremendous sense of pace and an arch ear for juicy dialogue, and the pages fly by. -- Crime Thriller Fella It's brutal but not cynical; you feel it. It's a hugely impressive debut; atmospheric and stirring -- Killing Time Crime His [Tom Callaghan's] descriptions are wonderful - sickeningly so in fact . . . an impressive debut. -- The Book Bag Unforgettable * The Sunday Times * [Tom Callaghan's] gloomy atmospheric portrait convinces and he writes with style and panache . . . A lively story and a riveting glimpse of an unknown society * The Times * A Killing Winter is a brilliant debut, and an early contender for one of my top reads of the year -- Raven Crime Reads This is a thrilling, intense debut from a powerfully descriptive writer * The Daily Express * Just keeps getting better . . . buy the whole series right away * Peter Robinson, author of the bestselling DCI Banks series * Even better than Child 44. Akyl Borubaev is a terrific creation * Anthony Horowitz *


About the Author

Born in the North of England, Tom Callaghan was educated at the University of York and Vassar College, New York. An inveterate traveller, he divides his time between London, Prague, Dubai and Bishkek.

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Publication date

1st February 2015

Author

Tom Callaghan

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Publisher

Quercus Publishing

Format

Hardback
320 pages

Categories

Crime / Mystery
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ISBN

9781848669758

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