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The Bloody Meadow by William Ryan
  

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Following his investigations in The Holy Thief, which implicated those at the very top of authority in Soviet Russia, Captain Alexei Korolev finds himself decorated and hailed as an example to all Soviet workers.

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Synopsis

The Bloody Meadow by William Ryan

Captain Alexei Korolev returns ...but lives in an uneasy peace his new-found knowledge is dangerous, and if it is discovered what his real actions were during the case, he will face deportation to the frozen camps of the far north. But when the knock on the door comes, in the dead of night, it is not Siberia Korolev is destined for. Instead, Colonel Rodinov of the NKVD security service asks the detective to look into the suspected suicide of a young woman: Maria Alexandovna Lenskaya, a model citizen. Korolev is unnerved to learn that Lenskaya had been of interest to Ezhov, the feared Commissar for State Security. Ezhov himself wants to matter looked into. And when the detective arrives on the set for Bloody Meadow, in the bleak, battle-scarred Ukraine, he soon discovers that there is more to Lenskaya's death than meets the eye.

Reviews

`The Holy Thief, set in Stalin's Russia, was one of last year's most impressive crime fiction debuts. The Bloody Meadow, William Ryan's follow-up, does not disappoint . . . Ryan has obviously done much research into that sinister period of Russian history and manages to convey its claustrophobic atmosphere brilliantly
Marcel Berlins, The Times

`Thrilling. 4 stars
Daily Express

`A novel that confirms Ryan's talent
Sunday Times

`Every bit as darkly compelling as its predecessor with all the elements that made The Holy Thief so successful: razor-sharp plotting, an evocative sense of location in a vividly realised Ukraine and most winning of all the vulnerably human Alexei Korolev making a nuisance of himself
Daily Express

`Last year, with William Ryan's The Holy Thief, detective-fiction aficionados welcomed the thrillingly horrific first instalment in a new series set in 1930s Moscow . . . in this second instalment Ryan has produced a film-noir-ish rewrite of the old-fashioned locked-room mystery, complete with creepily gripping, and ultimately gruesome, cops and robbers chase through the great catacombs on which Odessa sits, while Stalin's man-made terror-famine, which scorched through the Ukraine half a decade before the book opens, is only gestured at, in elliptical speech and ultimately in the characters
motivations. Yet what remains constant is Ryan

's ability to display a foreign mindset while appearing to be entirely at home in the vernacular. His ear for dialogue is acute . . . But Ryan's primary purpose remains the serious depiction of the hellish hall of mirrors that was Stalinist Russia . . . Ryan's unrolling of the mental gymnastics required to survive this upside-down world where the morning's hero is the evening's victim is both thrillerishly pacey while also allowing his characters to grow in moral stature'
Spectator

`Ryan is very knowledgeable about a dreadful place during a terrible period of history, and creates an atmosphere of claustrophobia and terror . . . This is very neatly plotted and well written, and amounts to a convincing recreation of paranoia in Stalinist Russia
Jessica Mann, Literary Review

`William Ryan convincingly pitched us into the Kafkaesque labyrinth of 1930s Stalinist Russia with last year's The Holy Thief - his troubled Moscow militia detective risking the gulag as he uncovered crimes at high levels. In The Bloody Meadow Korolev is dispatched to film set in the Ukraine to dig into the supposed suicide of a young, pretty `model citizen
with powerful connections

. . . Korolev's struggle to stay sane in a world gone mad is intriguing
Metro

About the Author

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.

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Publication date

10th April 2014

Author

William Ryan

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Publisher

Pan Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan

Format

Paperback
336 pages
Interest Age: From 18 years

Categories

Action Adventure / Spy
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Thriller / Suspense
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ISBN

9781447270140

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