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Moskva by Jack Grimwood
  

Moskva

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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. ~ Maxim Jakubowski

Synopsis

Moskva by Jack Grimwood

Red Square, 1985. The naked body of a young man is left outside the walls of the Kremlin; frozen solid - like marble to the touch - missing the little finger from his right hand. A week later, Alex Marston, the headstrong fifteen year old daughter of the British Ambassador disappears. Army Intelligence Officer Tom Fox, posted to Moscow to keep him from telling the truth to a government committee, is asked to help find her. It's a shot at redemption. But Russia is reluctant to give up the worst of her secrets. As Fox's investigation sees him dragged 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 Alex's safety. And if Fox can't find her soon, she looks likely to become the next victim of a sadistic killer whose story is bound tight to that of his country's terrible past ...

Reviews

Praise for Jack Grimwood:

'Even better than Child 44 Telegraph Given that the definitive thriller in 1980's Moscow already exists (Martin Cruz Smith's Gorky Park), Jack Grimwood's Moskva looks like a crazy gamble. But it's one that comes off ...' Sunday Times

'Tom Fox is well drawn, the action scenes are filled with energy and tension, but the real hero of Moskva is Russia itself, bleak, corrupt, falling apart, but with an incurable humanity' -- Tom Callaghan

'A compulsive and supremely intelligent thriller from a master stylist' -- Michael Marshall

'A first-rate thriller - Moskva grips from the very first page. Heartily recommended' -- William Ryan

'Hard to know what to praise first here: the operatic sweep of this mesmerising novel; the surefooted orchestration of tension; or the vividly realised sense of time and place; all of these factors mark Jack Grimwood's Moskva out as something special in the arena of international thrillers' -- Barry Forshaw Financial Times

'Like the city herself, Jack Grimwood's Moskva is richly layered, stylish, beautifully constructed, and full of passion beneath the chills. Part political thriller, part historical novel, part a story of personal redemptions, Moskva cements Jack Grimwood as a powerful new voice in thriller writing. Not to be missed.' -- Sarah Pinborough

'A sublime writer ... I felt glimmers of Le Carre shining through the prose.' -- CrimeSquad

About the Author

Jack Grimwood

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 first thriller.

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Publication date

20th October 2016

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Jack Grimwood

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Publisher

Penguin Books Ltd

Format

Paperback
480 pages

Categories

Action Adventure / Spy
Thriller / Suspense
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Espionage & spy thriller
Crime & mystery

ISBN

9781405921725

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