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The Holy Thief by William Ryan

The Holy Thief (edition 2010)

by William Ryan

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Title:The Holy Thief
Authors:William Ryan
Info:MacMillan London (2010), Hardcover
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Tags:Moscow, murder, thriller

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I have mixed feelings about this book. It was a mystery and it did have action, but there was just a bit drawn out. I would have been happier with this book if there were a few less twists and turns.

I think that my brain might be a bit slow on the uptake as well. Due to the unfamiliar and difficult names I had real problems keeping the minor characters straight. This led to some really confusing moments. Also, a few times something seemed to be missing, like a bridging paragraph between action sequences perhaps. I reread a few parts because I couldn't quite figure out what had actually happened. In the end I just gave up and kept going forward.

I'm not sure if I should recommend this - it was a bit too confusing. However, I will say that if you into Soviet crime books and you have a better brain for picking up really tiny facts during action scenes this might be for you. ( )
  sscarllet | Nov 23, 2016 |
Good read, but as it's set in 1930's Moscow, many of the names are hard to keep associated, and there's the formal name, the informal name, the nickname, all for the same person. Also, a little background into the class structure would have been helpful as a foreword or something, as it took most of the book to figure out why everyone was tiptoeing around different castes. ( )
  petrichor8 | Jun 6, 2016 |
I picked this as I really enjoyed [b:Child 44|2161733|Child 44|Tom Rob Smith|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1255690645s/2161733.jpg|2167258] which is also set in Stalinist Russia, but this book never really gripped me. To much of what happened was predictable. A really obvious bad guy, people not being who they claim to be, not nice people getting exactly what they deserve, lots of horrible things happening to our hero but he gets the result in the end. All in all fairly undemanding stuff. ( )
  KarenDuff | Jun 1, 2016 |
  johnrid11 | Feb 14, 2016 |
The main character was interesting and likable, and the the historical setting was fascinating. Some of the plot points were pretty obvious. ( )
  thukpa | Feb 6, 2016 |
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U Moskvi 1936. godine pocinje Staljinova diktatura. U jednoj oskrnavljenoj crkvi, mlada zena pronadena je mrtva, a njeno unakazeno telo ostavljeno je na oltaru.

Kapetan Aleksej Dimitrijevič Koroljev suočava se sa najtežim slučajem u karijeri i počinje da traga za okrutnim serijskim ubicom.

U zemlji gde vladaju strah, nesigurnost i siromaštvo, Koroljev namerava da otkrije istinu koja se krije iza jezivih ubistava. Međutim, on počinje da se pita kome može, a kome ne može da veruje i ko su, u stvari, pravi kriminalci u Rusiji tridesetih godina dvadesetog veka? Koroljev uskoro saznaje da nisu ugroženi samo njegovi moralni i politički ideali, već i njegov život...
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0312586450, Hardcover)

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 Korolev, finally beginning to enjoy the benefits of his success with 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 organization in Russia—becomes involved. Soon, Korolev’s every step is under close scrutiny and one false move will mean exile to The Zone, where enemies of the Soviet State, both real and imagined, meet their fate in the frozen camps of the far north.

Committed to uncovering the truth behind the gruesome murder, Korolev enters the realm of the Thieves, rulers of Moscow’s underworld. As more bodies are discovered and pressure from above builds, Korolev begins to question who he can trust and who, in a Russia where fear, uncertainty and hunger prevail, are the real criminals. Soon, Korolev will find not only his moral and political ideals threatened, but also his life.

William Ryan’s remarkable debut will storm into ten countries in what is sure to be an international publishing event. With Captain Alexei Korolev, William Ryan has given us one of the most compelling detectives in modern literature, a man dogged and humble, a man who will lead us through a fear-choked Russia to find the only thing that can save him or any of us— the truth.

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As Stalin's great terror begins, a killer strikes. Moscow, 1936. A young woman's mutilated body is found on an alter in a deconsecrated church. Korolev is asked to investigate. The victim is discovered to be an American citizen, and now one false move will mean exile to the Zone, the frozen camps of the far north.… (more)

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