He left the blood-soaked mountains of Chechnya behind to become a gun-for-hire in the new Moscow. But an international cabal is luring Alexei Volkovoy back to those mountains and toward a confrontation with his old nemesis.
The headquarters of an American oil company spits smoke into the Moscow night, the aftermath of an apparent terrorist attack. A Russian army captain carrying a Fabergé egg and digital evidence of horrific wartime atrocities is murdered, and relieved of both. And in the snowy mountains of southern Russia, a terrorist named Abreg—Volk's old enemy—hatches a plan to lure him back into his grasp.
Shadow of the Wolf finds Colonel Alexei Volkovoy—covert agent of the Russian army and major player in the Moscow underworld—once again struggling to stay afloat in the swirling currents of Russian political and economic intrigue.
"Brent Ghelfi is the new Le Carre."--Brad Thor, #1 bestselling author of The Apostle
"Like a bullet, Col. Alexei Volkovoy (Volk's Game) goes where he is pointed and doesn't stop until he hits something. Volk is less Arkady Renko than a Russian Jack Reacher, making Volk's Shadow as noir as a winter night in Saint Petersburg."—Library Journal (starred review):
"In Ghelfi's mesmerizing second Russian thriller (after Volk's Game)... crisp characterization and strong visual prose keep the story moving to its harrowing climax in Chechnya. Those seeking a tour of the dark side of contemporary Russia will be more than satisfied."—Publishers Weekly
Praise for Volk's Game:
"Moving at breakneck speed . . . Ghelfi handles the conventions of his genre like a pro. The violent derring-do is anchored in a portrait of contemporary Russia that is compelling and brutal on its own terms."--Newsday
"State of the art . . . [The novel's] characters are colorful, its descriptions of Russia are vivid, and its suspense is palpable. . . .Volk's Game is an impressive debut."--The Washington Post