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The Holy Thief

A Novel

Captain Alexei Korolev Novels

William Ryan

Minotaur Books

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. But as more bodies are found, Korolev begins to question whom he can trust and who are the real criminals.

With Alexei Korolev, William Ryan has given us one of the most compelling detectives in modern literature, a man who will lead us through a fear-choked Russia to find the only thing that can save him—the truth.

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CHAPTER ONE
It was later than usual when Captain Alexei Dmitriyevich Korolev climbed the steps in front of Number 38 Petrovka Street, headquarters of the Moscow Militia’s Criminal Investigation Division. The morning had started badly, wasn’t getting any better and he still hadn’t shaken off the pounding vodka headache from the night before, so it was with weary resignation rather than Stakhanovite enthusiasm that he pushed open one of the heavy oak doors. It took his eyes, dazzled from walking into the flat morning sun, a moment to adjust to the relative darkness of the vestibule,
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“Without a doubt, The Holy Thief is one of the best historical mysteries I’ve read in the last ten years.”
—David Liss
“One of the year’s most exciting [debuts] . . . While the search for Russian icons will bring to mind Martin Cruz Smith’s brilliant Gorky Park, Ryan puts a fresh, original spin on the briskly paced The Holy Thief.”
—Oline H. Cogdill, Sun-Sentinel
“Ryan, who merits comparison to Tom Rob Smith, makes palpable the perpetual state of fear. . . . Readers will hope Korolev has a long career ahead of him.”
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  • William Ryan

  • 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

Captain Alexei Korolev Novels

William Ryan

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