Brief reviews of mysteries, thrillers, and crime novels.
Thursday, September 23, 2010
The Holy Thief, by William Ryan
This is a fascinating book, set in Stalinist Russia, in the 1930's. Moscow is grim; paranoia, suspicion, and betrayal are pervasive. Who knows if it's historically accurate, but pretty intriguing. The main character is Alexei Korolev with the CID of the Moscow Militia. He's an honorable, sweet guy, and a loyal Communist. Not knowing what Cheka or NKVD or Komsomol means was a hindrance. Still don't know what "the Holy Thief" refers to.