The Holy Thief

A Novel

Captain Alexei Korolev Novels

William Ryan, read by Simon Vance

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Moscow, 1936, and Stalin's Great Terror is beginning. In a deconsecrated church, a young woman is found dead, her mutilated body displayed on the altar for all to see. Captain Alexei Korolev, finally beginning to enjoy the benefits of his success with the Criminal Investigation Division of the Moscow Militia, is asked to investigate. But when he discovers that the victim is an American citizen, the NKVD-the most feared organization in Russia-becomes involved. Soon, Korolev's every step is under close scrutiny and one false move will mean exile to The Zone, where enemies of the Soviet State, both real and imagined, meet their fate in the frozen camps of the far north.
 
Committed to uncovering the truth behind the gruesome murder, Korolev enters the realm of the Thieves, rulers of Moscow's underworld. As more bodies are discovered and pressure from above builds, Korolev begins to question who he can trust and who, in a Russia where fear, uncertainty and hunger prevail, are the real criminals. Soon, Korolev will find not only his moral and political ideals threatened, but also his life.
 
William Ryan's remarkable debut will storm into ten countries in what is sure to be an international publishing event. With Captain Alexei Korolev, William Ryan has given us one of the most compelling detectives in modern literature, a man dogged and humble, a man who will lead us through a fear-choked Russia to find the only thing that can save him or any of us—the truth.

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Listen to this audiobook excerpt from William Ryan's mystery novel The Holy Thief. Moscow, 1936, and Stalin's Great Terror is just beginning. In a church, a woman is found dead, her body on display. Captain Alexei Korolev of the Criminal Investigation Division of the Moscow Militia is assigned, but the NKVD is watching and exile is a real possibility. Committed to the case, Korolev enters the realm of the Thieves, rulers of Moscow's underworld.

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“Watch out, Martin Cruz Smith, there’s a new kid on the block and he’s really good. William Ryan’s debut opus, The Holy Thief, set it Moscow in 1936, stars Captain Alexei Dmitriyevich Korolev, a detective in the Moscow Militia who might eventually give Arkady Renko a run for his rubles…Flawlessly narrated, as expected, by Simon Vance.” – BookPage

“A powerful first novel by British author William Ryan that I certainly hope will not be his last.” – Winston-Salem Journal on the audio edition of The Holy Thief

“The drama, excitement, intrigue, and fear are portrayed with authenticity and emotion.” – SoundCommentary.com


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William Ryan, read by Simon Vance

WILLIAM RYAN was born in London in 1965 and attended Trinity College, Dublin. He practiced briefly as a barrister before completing his Masters in Creative Writing at St Andrews University. His work has appeared in the short story collection, Cool Britannia. He lives in London with his wife. The Holy Thief  is his first novel.

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The Holy Thief
A Novel
William Ryan, read by Simon Vance

Unabridged Digital Audio

Unabridged  Digital Audio
Macmillan Audio
August 2010
Unabridged Digital Audio
ISBN: 9781427210401
ISBN10: 1427210403
Audio Run Time: 10:00
$19.99

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Trade Paperback
St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books
November 2011
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312552695
ISBN10: 0312552696
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 352 pages
$14.99

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books
August 2010
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429966030
ISBN10: 1429966033
352 pages
$7.99
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