Eastland chills the reader from the opening in Stalin’s Siberia, and makes us follow through the claustrophobic and paranoid “realities” of the Russian Revolution, the Cheka, the fate of the Romanovs, and a family’s years of betrayals. “Noir” mystery fiction takes on a new depth of winter and darkness in this series.
I read Eastland's last book, first and his first book, last. I found all three books to be a treasure of Russian history along with the authors ability to add fiction based on fact along the way. Sam has found his way into the ten best suspense authors I've read.
I was very pleased with this book. I found myself caring about the characters and the plotting was well-paced. The historical period of the transition from Tsarist to Soviet Russia is a surreal and very interesting time. The author communicated the details of the time very vividly but doesn't get bogged down. Recommend!
I find Russian history fascinating. Russia has been through so many changes and often in a very dramatic way.
With the inclusion of the Romanov family demise and the political landscape 10 years after their death, the author imbued the story with a dramatic and desperate feel.
I was amazed that Pekkala would be so calm after all he'd been through, it just seems like you would want to rail at the system or disappear as soon as you could but I like him as a detective character, that same calmness works really well for the character and the story.
A sober, well-researched look at a man who pulls himself out from under the ruins of Tsarist Russia and the desolation of Siberia in order to investigate the ultimate cold case for Stalin.
aka Paul Watkins
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