#1 in series

The Holy Thief

Korolev Mysteries Book 1

Book 1 in the series

3.69 based on 1348 ratings & 192 reviews on Goodreads.com
Pan

Publication date: 03.09.2010
ISBN: 9780230754768
Number of pages: 0

Synopsis

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 NKVD - the most feared organisation in Russia - becomes involved.

As more bodies are discovered and the pressure from above builds, Korolev begins to question who he can trust; and who, in this Russia where fear, uncertainty and hunger prevails, are 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.

In the media

A first novel written with all the narrative assurance of someone who'd been perfecting his art for years. A thriller set amid the paranoia of 1930s Moscow, it was persuasive in all its local and historical details, told its tense story with style and aplomb and had an engagingly troubled hero
Irish Independent
This debut is a powerful tale set in 1930s Russia ... it's atmospheric, beautifully written and meticulously researched
Irish Examiner
Ryan's first detective novel confidently re-creates a paranoid society where mutual suspicion is the norm . . . The Holy Thief is an absorbing and assured debut
Sunday Times