The Holy Thief

The Holy Thief

Paperback The Korolev Series

By (author) William Ryan

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  • Publisher: Pan Books
  • Format: Paperback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 197mm x 24mm | 240g
  • Publication date: 4 March 2011
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0330508407
  • ISBN 13: 9780330508407
  • Sales rank: 26,607

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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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Author information

William Ryan was called to the English bar after university in Dublin, then worked as a lawyer in the City. His novels THE HOLY THIEF, THE BLOODY MEADOW and THE TWELFTH DEPARTMENT set in 1930s Stalinist Russia, have been shortlisted for the Theakston's Crime Novel of the Year Award, the CWA New Blood Dagger, the Irish Fiction Award and twice for the Ireland AM Irish Crime Novel of the Year Award. William is married and lives in West London.

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Praise for "The Holy Thief""Without a doubt, "The Holy Thief" is one of the best historical mysteries I've read in the last ten years."--David Liss"One of the year's most exciting [debuts] . . . While the search for Russian icons will bring to mind Martin Cruz Smith's brilliant "Gorky Park", Ryan puts a fresh, original spin on the briskly paced "The Holy Thief"."--Oline H. Cogdill, "Sun-Sentinel""Ryan, who merits comparison to Tom Rob Smith, makes palpable the perpetual state of fear. . . . Readers will hope Korolev has a long career ahead of him."--"Publishers Weekly" (starred review)