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Another new writer who is already well-known to us, this time acclaimed SF author Jon Courtenay Grimwood reinventing himself as a thriller storyteller in definite overdrive. Set in 1980s Moscow, this tale of the travails of Tom Fox, a disgraced and semi-exiled British agent who stumbles on a complex conspiracy plot with roots in the bleakness of the Fall of Berlin and now involving the highest ranks of the Kremlin at a time of political instability and struggles for power at the top of the Russian hierarchy, is a keeper. Few authors have evoked Russia in the 60s with such talent (and no need to use patois or mispelled Russian in the process as too many of his fellow practitioners have an irritating habit of doing ...). When the British ambassador's step daughter is kidnapped and mutilated bodies start popping up in the snow, Fox, a borderline alcoholic still reeling from the unravelling of his personal and professional life, is called on to help, never realizing the sheer depths of the web of intrigue he is falling into head first. Memorable characters, powerful recreations of history and an unrelenting pace that will keep you breathless. A striking debut in the genre.
Christmas Eve 1985 - The shaved, exsanguinated body of a young man is found in Red Square; frozen solid - like marble to the touch - missing the little finger from his right hand. A week later, Alex Marston, the fifteen year old daughter of the British Ambassador disappears. Army Intelligence Officer, Tom Fox, posted to Moscow following the death of his own daughter, is asked to help find her. It's a shot at redemption. But as Fox's investigation drags him deeper towards the dark heart of a Soviet establishment determined to protect its own so his fears grow, with those of the girl's father, for her safety. A flayed cat, hung by its hind legs from the ceiling of Fox's flat is just a warning. And if Fox can't find Alex soon, it looks as if she could become a sadistic killer's next human victim...
Praise for Jack Grimwood:
'Grimwood is a damned fine writer.' Independent
'The writing is elegant, the dialogue razor sharp, the characters drawn economically but effectively, and the action is unrelenting.' SciFi Now
'Conjures up the city so vividly that you can almost touch the place.' SFX
Publication date: 20/10/2016
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publication date: 05/05/2016
Publisher: Michael Joseph Ltd an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
|Publication date:||5th May 2016|
|Publisher:||Michael Joseph Ltd an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd|
|Genres:||Action Adventure / Spy, eBook Favourites, Thriller / Suspense,|
|Categories:||Espionage & spy thriller, Crime & mystery,|
Jack Grimwood, a.k.a Jon Courtenay Grimwood was born in Malta and christened in the upturned bell of a ship. He grew up in the Far East, Britain and Scandinavia. Apart from novels he writes for national newspapers including the Times, Telegraph, Independent and Guardian. Jon is two-time winner of the BSFA Award for Best Novel, with Felaheen, and End of the World Blues. His literary novel, The Last Banquet, as Jonathan Grimwood, was shortlisted for Le Prix Montesquieu 2015. His work is published in fifteen languages. He is married to the journalist and novelist Sam Baker. Moskva is his ...More About Jack Grimwood