The Bloody Meadow

3.86 based on 115 ratings & 21 reviews on Goodreads.com

Where some of Stalin's greatest crimes lie buried . . .

Shortlisted for the Ireland AM Irish Crime Novel of the Year Award

Russia, 1937. In Moscow, Stalin's purges are reaching their darkest hour.

Meanwhile Korolev, a police investigator, must travel to the bleak, battle-scarred Ukraine - scene of some of Stalin's bloodiest crimes - to look into the mysterious death of a young woman. The victim, a beautiful film production assistant, had made both powerful friends and terrible enemies . . .

Published in the USA as The Darkening Field.

'The Holy Thief, set in Stalin's Russia, was one of last year's most impressive crime fiction debuts. The Bloody Meadow, William Ryan's follow-up, does not disappoint . . . Ryan has obviously done much research into that sinister period of Russian history and manages to convey its claustrophobic atmosphere brilliantly' Marcel Berlins, The Times

'Every bit as darkly compelling as its predecessor' Daily Express

'An outstanding thriller' Independent Ireland

About William Ryan

William Ryan was called to the English bar after university in Dublin, then worked as a lawyer in the City. His novels THE HOLY THIEF, THE BLOODY MEADOW and THE TWELFTH DEPARTMENT set in 1930s Stalinist Russia, have been shortlisted for the Theakston’s Crime Novel of the Year Award, the CWA New Blood Dagger, the Irish Fiction Award and twice for the Ireland AM Irish Crime Novel of the Year Award. William is married and lives in West London.

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Books by William Ryan

The Constant Soldier
The Constant Soldier
The Holy Thief
The Holy Thief
The Twelfth Department
The Twelfth Department

Books in the Series

The Holy Thief
The Holy Thief
The Twelfth Department
The Twelfth Department