The Darkening Field (Captain Alexei Dimitrevich Korolev #2)
A dedicated policeman caught in terrifying circumstances, Captain Alexei Korolev of Criminal Investigation Division of the Moscow Militia may be unwavering in his outward party loyalty but he is forever conflicted about what he must do to maintain that good standing.
It is 1937, and Korolev finds himself on an airplane bound for Odessa after the suspicious suicide of Maria
This is the second novel to feature Captain Alexei Korolev, the first being The Holy Thief. Set in 1937, The Bloody Meadow of the title is the name of a film being shot in the Ukraine. When Maria Lenskaya, a beautiful young woman working as a production assistant on the film, is found dead, Korolev is dispatched from Moscow to discover the truth about her apparent suicide. After his involvement in a serious investig ...more
In The Bloody Meadow, the purges of Stalin continue unabated. When one night Korolev is summoned by Colonel Rodinov of the NKVD, the Soviet secret police, Korolev assumes he is under arrest and picks up the bag he has already packed in anticipation of the fateful ‘knock on the door’. In fact, Korolev is ordered to ...more
Set in 1937 Ukraine, at the time of Stalin’s purge of the Communist Party and Government officials, where people live with the ...more
After having survived the dangerous investigation in The Holy Thief, Captain Alexei Korolev is relieved to be investigating straight forward crimes again. He knows that if those in power ever find out the exact nature of his activities during the politically very sensitive earlier investigation, he will be deported at best. At the moment he finds himself decorated and hailed as a perfect Soviet citizen, but he knows that this perception can change at any moment and anybody’s ...more
But when the knock on the door comes, in the dead of night, it is not Siberia Ko ...more
The story takes place in 1937, a time when persecution and a sense of paranoia under Stalin's rule are rife. Alexei Korolev, a Moscow police detective, is sent to Odessa to investigate the sus ...more
It is clear that Ryan is a master not only of plotting a well crafted mystery but also at describing settings and locations so smoothly that the reader will fin ...more
Forensics quickly prove it was murder, not suicide, and Korolev, with the help of tough female se ...more
There were great flashes of a certain wry humour now and then, I would have loved more! There ...more
This is a detective novel with a twist. Everything and everybody is in Russia. How cool is that.
This is great, because it puts a different lens on the process, the politics and the culture of a murder drama.
Our hero in this drama is Alexei Korolev with the Moscow Criminal Investigation Department. As Alexei goes through his investigation the ba ...more
This is another absorbing story about a police investigator operating under the harsh Stalinist regime just before the Second World War.
Ryan's description of life in the Ukraine, where he attempts to solve the murder of a film production assistant, is vivid and brutal. Makes our current austerity here in Britain look like a piece of cake!
In this book the power of the soviet union is seen outside the borders of Russia in the Ukraine and how power relations are continued and yet seen as nothing at the same time. The introduction of Slivka as Korolev's new parnter creates the image of how gender has been made redundant and that the main focus is the Party abd its power and how everything else has become obsolite.
For anyone who likes to read crime thrillers set i ...more
Captain Alexi Korolev of the Moscow Criminal Investigation Division is awakened early in the morning.He answers the door expecting to be arrested or worse.These are hard times in Stalinist Russia.
he is not arrested but is told of a young actress who committed suicide, or did she? This is what he is to determine and because of her lover's(one of many) status, it must be handled with the utmost care.
This was truly a good murder mys ...more