The Bloody Meadow

William Ryan

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2011 Nominee

Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book of the Year

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10 April 2014
9781447261766
573 minutes
Sean Barrett
Synopsis

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

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 . . .

The second in this lauded historical crime series, William Ryan's The Bloody Meadow was shortlisted for the Ireland AM Irish Crime Novel of the Year Award.

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

‘Thrilling. 4 stars’ Daily Express

‘Ryan is very knowledgeable about a dreadful place during a terrible period of history, and creates an atmosphere of claustrophobia and terror . . . This is very neatly plotted and well written, and amounts to a convincing recreation of paranoia in Stalinist Russia' Jessica Mann, Literary Review