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Moskva by Jack Grimwood
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Moskva (edition 2016)

by Jack Grimwood (Author)

Series: Tom Fox (1)

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Title:Moskva
Authors:Jack Grimwood (Author)
Info:Penguin (2016), 480 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:**1/2
Tags:thriller, Stalingrad, Moscow

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A chilling thriller set in Moscow during the so called Cold War.
A serial killer is on the loose and it's a race against time to capture him.
I was given a digital copy of this book by the publisher Penguin / Michael Joseph via Netgalley in return for an honest unbiased review. ( )
  Welsh_eileen2 | Jun 26, 2016 |
I found this a gripping read, as a fan of John le Carré's espionage thrillers. Like in Rowling/Galbraith's novels we're rooting for the investigative work of a damaged man with a murky military background. Here, Tom Fox is hiding from his recent work in 1980s Ireland. To avoid awkward questions about a recent shooting, he's sent to Moscow. His military experience is called upon by embassy staff when the daughter of the ambassador goes to a party and doesn't come home. Grimwood has written literary work under a slightly different name, provides plenty of detail about 80s Moscow, from vodka shortages to Tetris addictions. There are charismatic Russian supporting characters, with complex reasons of their own for getting involved in resolving the young woman's disappearance, both personal and political. Throw in a historical backstory tying the 80s action to the siege of Leningrad and the Russian capture of Berlin, and I've finished the read hoping for a sequel. ( )
  charl08 | Jun 7, 2016 |
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Moskva is a brilliantly written, chilling and sophisticated début serial killer thriller set in Cold War Moscow. Makes Kolymsky Heights look like a walk in Gorky Park. Red Square, 1985. The naked body of a young man is left outside the walls of the Kremlin; frozen solid - like marble to the touch - missing the little finger from his right hand. A week later, Alex Marston, the headstrong fifteen year old daughter of the British Ambassador disappears. Army Intelligence Officer Tom Fox, posted to Moscow to keep him from telling the truth to a government committee, is asked to help find her. It's a shot at redemption. But Russia is reluctant to give up the worst of her secrets. As Fox's investigation sees him dragged deeper towards the dark heart of a Soviet establishment determined to protect its own so his fears grow, with those of the girl's father, for Alex's safety. And if Fox can't find her soon, she looks likely to become the next victim of a sadistic killer whose story is bound tight to that of his country's terrible past . . . Praise for Jack Grimwood: 'Tom Fox is well drawn, the action scenes are filled with energy and tension, but the real hero of Moskva is Russia itself, bleak, corrupt, falling apart, but with an incurable humanity' Tom Callaghan, author of A Killing Winter 'A first-rate thriller - Moskva grips from the very first page. Heartily recommended' William Ryan, author of The Twelfth Department 'A compulsive and supremely intelligent thriller from a master stylist' Michael Marshall, author of The Straw Men 'Hard to know what to praise first here: the operatic sweep of this mesmerising novel; the surefooted orchestration of tension; or the vividly realised sense of time and place; all of these factors mark Jack Grimwood's Moskva out as something special in the arena of international thrillers' Barry Forshaw, author of Brit Noir 'Grimwood is a damned fine writer' Independent

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Christmas Eve 1985. The naked body of a young man is found in Red Square; frozen solid - like marble to the touch - missing the little finger from his right hand. A week later, Alex Marston, the fifteen year old daughter of the British Ambassador disappears.… (more)

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