The Holy Thief: A Novel

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Macmillan, Aug 31, 2010 - Fiction - 352 pages
11 Reviews

Moscow, 1936, and Stalin's Great Terror is beginning. In a deconsecrated church, a young woman is found dead, her mutilated body displayed on the altar for all to see. Captain Alexei Korolev, finally beginning to enjoy the benefits of his success with 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 organization in Russia--becomes involved. Soon, Korolev's every step is under close scrutiny and one false move will mean exile to The Zone, where enemies of the Soviet State, both real and imagined, meet their fate in the frozen camps of the far north.

Committed to uncovering the truth behind the gruesome murder, Korolev enters the realm of the Thieves, rulers of Moscow's underworld. As more bodies are discovered and pressure from above builds, Korolev begins to question who he can trust and who, in a Russia where fear, uncertainty and hunger prevail, are the real criminals. Soon, Korolev will find not only his moral and political ideals threatened, but also his life.

William Ryan's remarkable debut will storm into ten countries in what is sure to be an international publishing event. With Captain Alexei Korolev, William Ryan has given us one of the most compelling detectives in modern literature, a man dogged and humble, a man who will lead us through a fear-choked Russia to find the only thing that can save him or any of us-- the truth.

 

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Review: The Holy Thief (Captain Alexei Dimitrevich Korolev #1)

User Review  - Mal Warwick - Goodreads

With The Holy Thief, William Ryan joins Martin Cruz Smith (the Arkady Renko Series) and Tom Rob Smith (the Child 44 Trilogy), whose compelling crime novels have illuminated the dark recesses of the ... Read full review

Review: The Holy Thief (Captain Alexei Dimitrevich Korolev #1)

User Review  - Tom Buske - Goodreads

This book works effectively on several levels: First as a police procedural/ murder mystery. You could call it "CSI Moscow 1936". The other level at which this book is effective is as a historical ... Read full review

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Contents

CHAPTER ONE
5
CHAPTER TWO
21
CHAPTER THREE
31
CHAPTER FOUR
45
CHAPTER FIVE
55
CHAPTER SIX
75
CHAPTER SEVEN
87
CHAPTER EIGHT
93
CHAPTER SIXTEEN
205
CHAPTER SEVENTEEN
213
CHAPTER EIGHTEEN
227
CHAPTER NINETEEN
235
CHAPTER TWENTY
245
CHAPTER TWENTYONE
259
CHAPTER TWENTYTWO
277
CHAPTER TWENTYTHREE
293

CHAPTER NINE
109
CHAPTER TEN
123
CHAPTER ELEVEN
139
CHAPTER TWELVE
149
CHAPTER THIRTEEN
171
CHAPTER FOURTEEN
183
CHAPTER FIFTEEN
189
CHAPTER TWENTYFOUR
311
CHAPTER TWENTYFIVE
317
CHAPTER TWENTYSIX
329
CHAPTER TWENTYSEVEN
335
CHAPTER TWENTYEIGHT
339
AUTHORS NOTE
343
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About the author (2010)

WILLIAM RYAN was born in London in 1965 and attended Trinity College, Dublin. He practiced briefly as a barrister before completing his Masters in Creative Writing at St Andrews University. His work has appeared in the short story collection, Cool Britannia. He lives in London with his wife. The Holy Thief is his first novel.

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