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The holy thief

The holy thief

Ryan, William, 1965-

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 Dmitriyevich Korolev is asked to investigate

Paperback, Book. English. Detective and mystery stories. Crime.
Published London: Pan, 2011

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Statement of responsibility: William Ryan
ISBN: 0330508407, 9780330508407
Note: Originally published: London: Mantle, 2010.
Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Physical Description: 343 p. ; 20 cm.
Subject: Police Russia Moscow Fiction.; Political corruption Soviet Union Fiction.; Soviet Union History 1925-1953 Fiction.

Author note

William Ryan was called to the English bar after university in Dublin, then worked as a lawyer in the City. His novels THE HOLY THIEF, THE BLOODY MEADOW and THE TWELFTH DEPARTMENT set in 1930s Stalinist Russia, have been shortlisted for the Theakston's Crime Novel of the Year Award, the CWA New Blood Dagger, the Irish Fiction Award and twice for the Ireland AM Irish Crime Novel of the Year Award. William is married and lives in West London.