One Night in Winter
As Moscow celebrates the motherland's glorious victory over the Nazis, shots ring out on the crowded streets. On a nearby bridge, a teenage boy and girl--dressed in traditional nineteenth-century costumes--lie dead. But this is no ordinary tragedy, because these are no ordinary teenagers. As the son and daughter of high-ranking Soviet officials, they attend the most elite school in Moscow. Was it an accident, or murder? Is it a conspiracy against Stalin, or one of his own terrifying intrigues?
On Stalin's instructions, a ruthless investigation begins into what becomes known as the Children's Case. Youth across the city are arrested and forced to testify against their friends and their parents. As families are ripped apart, all kinds of secrets come spilling out. Trapped at the center of this witch-hunt are two pairs of illicit lovers, who learn that matters of the heart exact a terrible price. By turns a darkly sophisticated political thriller, a rich historical saga, and a deeply human love story, Montefiore's masterful novel powerfully portrays the terror and drama of Stalin's Russia.
- Paperback | 496 pages
- 134.62 x 200.66 x 22.86mm | 385.55g
- 05 May 2015
- HARPER PERENNIAL
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Stalin launches a ruthless investigation. In what comes to be known as the Children's Case, youths from the school are arrested by state security services and brought to the infamous Lubyanka, where they are forced to testify against their friends and families. Among the betrayed are illicit lovers whose reckless passion could destroy all they hold dear. As Stalin's witch hunt reaches its climax, the lovers realize that the decision to follow one's heart comes at a terrible price.