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by G. D. Abson

Part of the The Natalya Ivanova thrillers Series

Crime / Mystery Thriller and Suspense

Motherland Synopsis


The first in a gripping series of crime novels set in the dark heart of Putin's Russia, featuring the sharp and intriguing policewoman, Captain Natalya Ivanova.

Student Zena Dahl, the daughter of a Swedish millionaire, has gone missing in St Petersburg (or Piter as the city is colloquially known) after a night out with a friend. Captain Natalya Ivanova is assigned the case. It makes a change for Natalya from her usual fare of domestic violence work, but, because of the family's wealth, there's pressure for a quick result. But as she investigates she discovers that the case is not as straightforward as it may seem. Dark, violent and insightful, MOTHERLAND twists and turns to a satisfyingly dramatic conclusion. 

Motherland Press Reviews

Senior Detective Natalya Ivanova does for St Petersburg what Martin Cruz Smith's Arkady Renko did for Gorky Park . . . taut, fast-moving and compellingly believable.

--Tom Callaghan, author, A Killing Winter

The dark heart of Putin's Russia beneath the glitz of St Petersburg provides the heady setting for this excellent and gripping debut. Abson, who was shortlisted for a Crime Writers' Debut Dagger for Motherland, is surely a name to watch. A Child 44 for Putin-land, this classy page-turner oozes with atmosphere.

--David Young, author, Stasi Child

Gripping, authentic and fast-paced--this is a fine thriller that will delight fans of Martin Cruz Smith.

--William Ryan, author, The Holy Thief

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ISBN: 9781907324833
Publication date: 26/04/2018
Publisher: Mirror Books
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781907324833
Publication date: 26th April 2018
Author: G. D. Abson
Publisher: Mirror Books
Format: Paperback
Genres: Crime / Mystery, Thriller / Suspense,
Categories: Thriller / suspense, Crime & mystery,

About G. D. Abson

G. D. Abson works as a freelance business analyst and lives in the South West of England. He has cultivated contacts in the St Petersburg police force in order to write this novel, and has more Natalya Ivanova crime novels planned.

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