The Holy Thief

by William Ryan

Part of the The Korolev Series Series

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One of our Debuts of the Year 2011.

 

March 2011 Debut of the Month.

The Holy Thief  brilliantly evokes a society that has broken down and rules of human behaviour that are hard for us to imagine. We are in Stalinist Russia between the wars. Everyone has to be careful of what they say and who they say it to .Young people have to learn when not to say what is on their minds. 'Even the innocent (are) jumping at shadows these days'.  Rank is important. 'The colonel placed a slight emphasis on Korolev's rank, just enough to remind Korolev of the thinness of the ice under his feet'. In this world, Korolev is ordered to solve a gruesome murder but does the culprit exist inside or outside the system? Who can he trust? Where can he turn? Whatever he does, he has to tread carefully. This beautifully written, finely judged novel is up there with the likes of Le Carre, thoughtful and thought-provoking: intelligently written and thoroughly readable.

Sarah Broadhurst

The Holy Thief Synopsis

It's Moscow, 1936 and Stalin's Great Terror is beginning. In a deconsecrated Church, a young woman is found dead, her mutilated body displayed on the altar for all to see.

 

Captain Alexei Dimitrevich Korolev of the Criminal Investigation Division of the Moscow Militia, is asked to investigate. But when he discovers that the victim is an American citizen, the NKVD - the most feared organisation in Russia - becomes involved.

 

As more bodies are discovered and the pressure from above builds, Korolev begins to question who he can trust; and who, in this Russia where fear, uncertainty and hunger prevails, are the real criminals. Soon, Korolev will find not only his moral and political ideals threatened, but also his life...

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ISBN: 9781447270133
Publication date: 04/03/2011
Publisher: Pan Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780230742734
Publication date: 07/05/2010
Publisher: Mantle an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781447270133
Publication date: 4th March 2011
Author: William Ryan
Publisher: Pan Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 320 pages
Genres: Crime / Mystery, Debuts of the Month, eBook Favourites, Historical Fiction,
Categories: Crime & mystery,

About William Ryan

William Ryan is an Irish writer, living in London - having worked as a lawyer in the City for a number of years. In his spare time, he wrote on an occasional basis for television and film before completing a Masters in Creative Writing at St Andrews University in 2005. His debut novel, THE HOLY THIEF, is the first in a series of cases and adventures for Alexei Korolev, a detective working for the Moscow Criminal Investigation Division in 1930s Russia.   Author photo copyright © Kate Eshelby

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