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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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The Holy Thief by William Ryan

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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 |
The main character was interesting and likable, and the the historical setting was fascinating. Some of the plot points were pretty obvious. ( )
  thukpa | Feb 5, 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 5, 2016 |
A great new series. Only two complaints first - since he isn't Russian I would be careful about taking what he says about Soviet and especially post Soviet (from the interview at the end of the book) life as definitely true. Also, it seemed like he couldn't quite make the mystery long enough so he drew out the end of the book with lots of captures. Otherwise this was very entertaining and I will definitely read the next one. ( )
  cygnet81 | Jan 17, 2016 |
This superb thriller, by an Irish author, is set in Moscow in 1936, a hungry, fearful place. The Revolution is in full swing. Stalin reigns supreme. The secret police stalk the streets and offices and homes and informers whisper in their ears and every now and then the statue of a Russian hero is taken down and his picture removed and he is never heard from again. The populace walk on eggshells, but the real Terror is yet to come. The churches are deconsecrated and religion is a crime, but Russia’s long, devout history does not die easily.

After the discovery of the horribly mutilated body of a women displayed on the altar of a church,Captain Alexei Dimitrevich Korolev of the Criminal Investigation Division of the Moscow Militia, investigates. The discovery that the body is that of an American citizen is a cause for grave concern and draws unwelcome attention from his superiors and from the NKVD. More bodies are discovered, and Korolev follows a trail that takes him to the lowest depths of the Moscow underworld and the highest reaches of his own organisation.

Gripping and atmospheric, this debut thriller threatens to charge off into serial-killer-meets-DaVinci Code territory, with its horrible murders and historical artifacts, but in fact Ryan keeps the story firmly grounded, so much so that one of the most memorable sections of the book is a trip to a Spartak Moscow soccer match, depicting the crush and excitement and the hurly-burly with an impressive eye for detail. Korolev is an engaging character, strong, decent, secretly religious, determinedly optimistic about Russia’s communist future.

This is the first volume of a series that promises to be one of the most interesting forays into historical crime fiction in recent years. ( )
  Nigel_Quinlan | Oct 21, 2015 |
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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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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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