Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Mini Review: The Holy Thief by William Ryan (audio book)
Sean Barrett is excellent as I knew he would be as I've listened to him read Henning Mankell's booksl. (He's also got the Jo Nesbo gig.)
I really enjoyed The Holy Thief and felt I learned a lot about Russia in the 1930s. Be aware that there are a couple of torture scenes and unpleasant descriptions of the aftermath, in this fine police procedural which introduces Captain Korolev of the CID of the Moscow Militia. he is a good man, struggling with loyalty to the state and his own religious beliefs.
For a full assessment please read Rich's excellent review, with which I agree completely, here.
The Holy Thief was shortlisted for the Theakstons Crime Novel of the Year 2011 and the CWA New Blood (John Creasey) Dagger 2010
The second in the series, The Bloody Meadow, is available now and a third book should be out in 2013.
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