The Darkening Field

Captain Alexei Korolev Novels (Volume 2)

William Ryan

Minotaur Books

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A dedicated policeman caught in terrifying circumstances, Captain Alexei Korolev of the Moscow Militia, Criminal Investigations Department, may be unwavering in his outward party loyalty, but he is forever conflicted about what he must do to maintain that good standing.

It’s 1937, and Korolev finds himself on an airplane bound for Odessa after the suspicious suicide of Maria Alexandrovna Lenskaya, a young party member who had an intimate relationship with the party director. Korolev has clear instructions: Find her killer, but under no circumstances may he reveal her ties to the director. The girl was working on the set of a movie, and the daunting pool of suspects includes the entire cast and crew as well as many locals. Korolev finds help from many surprising quarters, but none of them can make up for the one fact he cannot discuss.

The Darkening Field is another shocking and devastatingly true-to-history thriller from William Ryan.

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CHAPTER ONE

It was snow, or sleet, or something in between—whatever it was, it swirled around them like smoke and seemed to freeze solid as soon as it hit fabric, coating their clothes with a white sheen. It had been snowing, or sleeting, depending on your opinion, for days now and they stepped carefully along the icy path that led to their destination.

Captain Alexei Dmitriyevich Korolev followed the director of the First Mikoyan Agricultural Tooling Trust with a sense of foreboding—the two uniforms and his fellow detective Yasimov trailing behind.

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Read the Kirkus Review of THE DARKENING FIELD . In Stalinist Russia, a smart cop knows just how dangerous it is to be a smart cop.
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William Ryan

WILLIAM RYAN is author of The Holy Thief, which was a Barry Award nominee for Best First Novel and shortlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year. Born in London, Ryan attended Trinity College, Dublin, and completed his master’s in creative writing at St. Andrews University. This is his second novel.

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The Darkening Field
William Ryan

Trade Paperback

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books
October 2012
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781250013415
ISBN10: 1250013410
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 336 pages
$15.99

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books
January 2012
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780312586515
ISBN10: 0312586515
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 336 pages
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Minotaur Books
January 2012
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ISBN: 9781429951241
ISBN10: 1429951249
336 pages
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