"This stimulating spy thriller set during the break up of the Soviet Union in the 1990’s is intensely captivating."
Tension and suspense run hand in hand throughout this breath-stealing read set in Minsk in 1990. Super-recogniser CIA agent Melvina Donleavy finds herself pitted not only against the BSSR’s KGB Chairman, but she has also caught the eye of a serial killer. While this is very much a work of fiction, it is based around a series of true events, and there was a serial killer in Byelorussia (now Belarus) at the time this is set. The air of authenticity layered through this novel is undoubtedly as a result of author Kathleen Kent being a Department of Defence contractor assigned to the former Soviet Union in the early 90’s, she assisted in dismantling former Soviet military installations in Belarus and Kazakhstan. The main character here is on her first undercover mission and the mix of naivety, her special ability, and her skills of self-protection taught by her father, ensures an interesting protagonist. While the 90’s make themselves known, the themes on offer could sit in any time frame, which allowed me to immediately connect with and slide into the novel. In the main this is very much about the suspense of the espionage, yet when the brutal action arrives it provokes and stimulates emotions and reactions in equal measure. Black Wolf successfully positions a serial-killer murder mystery alongside a spy thriller, and they entwine and weave into one fabulously readable novel.
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