Shadow of the Wolf

A Novel

Volk Novels (Volume 2)

Brent Ghelfi

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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.

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Chapter One
A man like me is not supposed to have doubts.

Especially not at a time like this, poised in the open fuselage of an Mi-24 assault helicopter, carving a tilted arc around a black square in the grid of lights on Moscow’s south side. This is the worst time to be asking myself questions that can’t be answered. But lately they’re always there, corroding all those things I once believed so intensely. Defend the motherland, secure our southern flank, protect the innocents. Gripping a canvas strap to brace against the force of our turn, I whisper the words in a soundless

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"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


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Brent Ghelfi

Brent Ghelfi has served as a clerk on the U.S. Court of Appeals, been a partner in a Phoenix-headquartered law firm, and now owns and operates several businesses. He has traveled extensively throughout Russia, and lives in Phoenix, Arizona, with his wife and family.

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Shadow of the Wolf
A Novel
Brent Ghelfi

Trade Paperback

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Picador
February 2010
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312429287
ISBN10: 0312429282
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 336 pages
$16.00

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March 2010
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ISBN: 9781429940863
ISBN10: 1429940867
336 pages
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