Released on 02 September 2011.

#2 in series
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The Bloody Meadow

Korolev Mysteries Book 2

3.86 based on 156 ratings & 25 reviews on

2011 Short-listed

Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book of the Year


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