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The Holy Thief: A Novel

2 Ratings: 4.5
A book by William Ryan

Starred Review. Set in 1936, Ryan's impressive debut introduces Capt. Alexei Korolev of the Moscow Militia's Criminal Investigation Division, who looks into the murder of a young woman found butchered in a church. Signs of torture suggest the killer … see full wiki

Author: William Ryan
Publisher: Minotaur Books
2 reviews about The Holy Thief: A Novel
review by . August 06, 2010
Recently we've seen a slew of books based in Stalin era Russia, and involving murders and mysteries. "Child 44" immediately comes to mind, among others. This book also takes place in Russia, in 1936, right before Stalin initiated the great party purges, and millions disappeared forever.     The protagonist of this story is a detective Captain in the Militia, whose job it is to investigate and solve crimes. The Militia, as was the Cheka, was not loved by the average citizen, because …
review by . September 01, 2010
Ryan's novel is set in Moscow 1936, where Captain Alexei Korolev, a veteran of the Revolution and member of the Moscow Militia's Criminal Investigation Unit is assigned the case of a murdered and mutilated young woman. Once the body is identified, the case takes on a life of its own, every aspect fraught with political implications as Korolev and his new assistant, Semionov, are led from one mutilated body to another. But the real tension in this novel comes from the strained atmosphere of Stalin's …
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