Shortlisted for the CWA Ellis Peters Historical Dagger for Best Historical Crime Novel of the Year
Shortlisted for the Ireland AM Crime Fiction Book of the Year
Moscow, 1937. Captain Korolev, a police investigator, is enjoying a long-overdue visit from his young son Yuri when an eminent scientist is shot dead within sight of the Kremlin and Korolev is ordered to find the killer.
It soon emerges that the victim, a man who it appears would stop at nothing to fulfil his ambitions, was engaged in research of great interest to those at the very top ranks of Soviet power. When another scientist is brutally murdered, and evidence of the professors' dark experiments is hastily removed, Korolev begins to realise that, along with having a difficult case to solve, he's caught in a dangerous battle between two warring factions of the NKVD. And then his son Yuri goes missing . . .
A desperate race against time, set against a city gripped by Stalin's Great Terror and teeming with spies, street children and Thieves, The Twelfth Department confirms William Ryan as one of the most compelling historical crime novelists at work today.
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‘Ryan's tense, tightly plotted whodunnits feel gloriously plausible, a function of the intimate link he forges between his readers and his characters, never mind that those characters are living through extraordinary times’ Guardian
‘Set in Moscow in the 1930s, The Twelfth Department is the third outing for William Ryan’s increasingly impressive Captain Korolev series . . . There’s an Orwellian influence to the manipulation of language and meaning in The Twelfth Department, while Korolev’s quest to uncover the “facts” of his investigation ensures that he soon resembles a pawn kicked around the board by warring superiors. The geographical setting and political backdrop are compelling enough, but Korolev is a fascinating character in his own right, an army veteran of “the German War” who acknowledges the poisonous nature of the regime he serves even as he clings to the hope that its propaganda might some day chime with reality’ Irish Times
‘For some time the talented Ryan has been among the very best crime novelists working in a period setting and if your taste is for similar fare by Martin Cruz Smith or Philip Kerr in which an honest sleuth tries to do his best in a corrupt foreign regime you should not hesitate. The dogged Korolev is a police investigator and works in the dark years of Stalin's Great Terror. The dictator does not like him but is aware that the detective's past in the tsarist regime was distinguished by his immense skills and calls upon Korolev to solve a variety of problems: tasks which tax the conscience of this diligent Russian copper, always forced to walk a tightrope between duty and simple survival . . . The first two outings for Ryan's sleuth, The Holy Thief and The Bloody Meadow, met with almost universal acclaim and were shortlisted for a variety of prizes. It will be absolutely no surprise if this gleans similar praise. Once again the balance of pungent period detail and increasingly tense plotting are handled with total authority and Korolev remains one of the most persuasively conflicted characters in crime fiction’ Daily Express
'Ryan’s latest has a fine set of characters, puzzling murders, interesting police work, and a strong sense of
the terror that pervaded Stalin’s Russia. But it is his eye for period detail that makes this one special' Booklist starred review
'This book is amazing! Even better than THE BLOODY MEADOW, the previous book by this author, it keeps you hanging on by drip feeding you morsels of information and cranking up the tension to fever pitch as it does so . . .
A truly magnificent book: addictive, interesting, well-written and full of interesting characters. Captain Korolev is helping Ryan establish himself as a first rate author of historical crime fiction. I am definitely a fan of this series and already desperate to read the next one! Extremely highly recommended' EurocrimeL'autore:
William Ryan was called to the English bar after university in Dublin, then worked as a lawyer in the City. His Korolev series - The Holy Thief, The Bloody Meadow and The Twelfth Department - set in 1930s Stalinist Russia, has been shortlisted for the Theakston's Crime Novel of the Year Award, the CWA New Blood Dagger, the Irish Fiction Award, the Ireland AM Irish Crime Novel of the Year Award and the CWA Ellis Peters Historical Dagger Award. William is married and lives in West London. Discover more at www.william-ryan.com @WilliamRyan_
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Descrizione libro Picador India, 2013. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Brand New. 384 pages. In Stock. Codice libro della libreria zk0230742750
Descrizione libro Mantle, 2013. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 0230742750
Descrizione libro Mantle, London, United Kingdom, 2013. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Condizione sovraccoperta: New. 1st Edition. First UK Edition, First Printing. This is a true first edition, first printing (first impression) and one of only 400 limited signed editions this is #12 of that 400 signed by William Ryan to the title page. Signed by Author(s). Codice libro della libreria 004887