The Holy Thief (The Korolev Series) (Pdf)

Every now and then I read something completely on spec that is Very Much Outside My much outside my zone It does you good to vary your reading and xperiences of course And having caught sight of this book and its author in a Twitter conversation I felt it deserved a tryGood callThe Holy Thief takes place in 1930s Soviet Moscow and follows a rather complex investigation by a police officer into a grisly murder The investigation leads the somewhat world weary and rather un Sovietly inuisitive Korolev Into A World Of a world of dangerous and complicated plots The murders are associated with the sale of valuables by the Russian state to fund the Five Year Plan and the disappearance of one particular valuable A simple though not really so much murder investigation is made difficult by the interference of the NKVD the forerunner of the KGB who have their own connected investigation going foreign nationals the now banned Orthodox Church the semi official organised crime Aides à l'Ascension dans la 5ème dimension: Communiqué des Êtres de Sirius A echelons and so much You know those American movies where it turns out not to be a simple FBI investigation because the CIA and the NSA are involved and some senator or other is out for himself and using them all andverything descends in a spiral of La Terre Creuse: La plus grande découverte géographique de l'histoire humaine espionage and deceit Well that sort of thing playsually well in 30s Russia apparently The plot is well weaved but it made all the better by the labyrinthine webs of official government departmentsThe #feel of the book for me is something like a cross between the movies Gorky Park and Enemy #of the book for me is something like a cross between the movies Gorky Park and Enemy The State with a healthy dose of film noir The main character is xtremely believable and despite the clever connections he makes and the string of punishments he suffers there is nothing unrealistic there He is simply lucky bright and bloody mindedBut for me there is one aspect that makes the book a win Despite great characters and a good plot the best thing about the Korolev mysteries so far is the atmosphere The author s knowledge and resea. NKVD the most feared organisation in Russia becomes involvedAsbodies are discovered and the pressure from above builds Korolev begins to uestion who he can trust; and who in this Russia where fear uncertainty and hunger prevails are. I found this to be an assured and gripping first novel though the debt to Gorky Park seems obvious Korolev is an original and for the most part an ngaging central character but Korolev is an original and for the most part an ngaging central character but is the world of #Pre War Stalinist Russia That Gives The #war Stalinist Russia that gives the its power The fear and suffocating secrecy the betrayal and the impossibility of trust that characterises Moscow and the Soviet Union at this time are convincingly voked through the Soviet Union at this time are convincingly Contacts avec les Pléiadiens - La mission du Rexégéna evoked through particularities and woven into the twists and turns of a skilfully worked plot There can be no doubt that the sickening brutality and horrific violence that feature a great deal was indeed a feature of that repressive regime Whether that justifies the dwelling in graphic detail on the niceties sic of torture is another uestion I fear this may be driven at least as much by sales figures and a jaded readership as by authenticity Nonetheless Ryan can write and promises tostablish himself in this genre Stalin s Moscow in the 1930s a woman is found dead and horribly tortured in a former Orthodox church building Captain Alexei Korolev of the City Militia is called to investigate What is the connection with a legendary pre Revolution and reputedly miraculous religious icon which went missing And why is a General in the NKVD Stalin s State Police interested in the case The Holy Thief by William Ryan is a well crafted book The sense of time and place is superbly Aides à l'Ascension dans la 5ème dimension: Communiqué des Êtres de Sirius A evoked the reader can feel the cold see the shabbiness and feel the fear Ryan brilliantly captures the paranoia pervading all of Soviet society at this dark period in its history Ryan also presents the protagonist well Korolev comes across as a likeable character with depth whom the reader wants to learn aboutThere arelements of crime fiction spy thriller and historical fiction in this njoyable read I felt though the pace was uite plodding for a thriller and the plot sometimes hard to follow To sum up it is a competent though not outstanding novel. As Stalin's Great Terror begins a killer strikes 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.

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Rch have been poured into the book until it surpasses the full mark and have left us with something that #Feels REALLY Authentic It Made #REALLY authentic It made ndlessly grateful that I don t live in 30s Moscow for a start You can almost feel the grimy rainy street beneath you as you read Few authors have achieved uite such a level of authenticity in a settingBasically the book wins on so many levels I recommend uite such a level of authenticity in a settingBasically the book wins on so many levels I recommend it and reading it It ll keep you riveted right to the very Connaissances interdites end Captain Alexei Korolev anxperienced state investigator under Stalin is called to investigate a seuence of dangerous Les Ovnis et la défense: A quoi doit-on se préparer ? events including the horrific murder of an American nun whose body is found in a wrecked church Korolev has to navigate and keep his head between different political and civil factions but remain true to his own calling at the same time He is a believable hero carrying out his dangerous investigation with integrity whilst still remaining true to the communist ideal thatverything is done for the good of the people however unlikely this might appear Really looking forward to the next of this unusual and The Alien Agendas: A Speculative Analysis of Those Visiting Earth (English Edition) entertaining series Havingxhausted the Bernie Gunther Gregor Reinhardt and Otto Fischer novels I was searching for something similar and came across Alexei Korolov almost by accident I thought the jump from 1940 s Berlin to 1930 s Moscow might be "too great but I have not been disappointed and am reading the second book of the series nowGunther and "great but I have not been disappointed and am reading the second book of the series nowGunther and fans will recognise Korolov a man with a damaged past but with a humane conscience who wants to be thorough and yet get to the truth of an issue The Holy Thief might get slightly long winded in places but the story does carry you along and you do discover many fascinating aspects of 1930 s life under Stalin the all pervasive climate of fear and how this distorts truth and the relationships between many of the organs of state I had no hesitation in moving on to the second novel and recommend this boo. The real criminals Soon Korolev will find not only his moral and political ideals threatened but also his life Shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey New Blood Dagger the Theakston's Crime Novel of the Year and the Irish Fiction Award. .
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