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Mazurka (Frank Pagan #2)

3.43  ·  Rating Details ·  88 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
For Frank Pagan of Scotland Yard, it begins with the daylight murder of a Russian at crowded Waverley Station, Edinburgh, Scotland.
From that moment on, Pagan's life becomes an ever-darkening nightmare, as he follows the thread of a brutal murder everyone wants to forget. With the help of Kristina Vaska, a beautiful and mysterious Estonian with a score to settle, Pagan mak
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Paperback, 608 pages
Published April 30th 1990 by HarperPrism (first published September 28th 1988)
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Alan
Apr 25, 2016 Alan rated it liked it
It is unsettling to read a cold-war thriller now when, in hindsight, the historical events were so different. I missed Campbell Armstrong’s Estonian-related “Mazurka” when it was first released under the title of “White Light” in 1988 and only caught up with it in 2016.

It is quite a contrast between a fictional revitalized group of “Metsavennad” (Forest Brotherhood in Estonian) planning an 11th hour assault on a dying Soviet Union while the historical Estonia, Latvia & Lithuania were in the
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Rajnish Sharma
Mazurka... meaning music for polish ballroom dance.An unusual analogy for the joint colloboration of America and KGB to force Russia to dance to their own old staus que tune for some hidden vested interests. .but a detective from Scotland yard, glue togather certain pecies scattered over all of Russia,Europe and united states scampered to outtuned their symphony...For a change someone saving Russia from some choas and air attack.
A very gripping international plot with precise characteriasation o
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Jun 18, 2014 Dagny rated it liked it
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Very interesting, especially since I'd just been born when the Sovjet union fell I've never really understood the immense tension between West and East. It took almost half the book though before my interest rose.
Grant Turnage
Jun 01, 2015 Grant Turnage rated it really liked it
It was pretty good. It was actually the only thriller that didn't allow me to predict the big plot twist in the first 100 pages. Armstrong's prose is strong as well. I wish his books were easier to find. Looking forward to Jig.
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Dec 04, 2013 Amy Sheldon rated it really liked it
I enjoyed all the books in this series. Carefully thought out, nice character development - only slightly dated, but even that was ok.
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A bit far-fetched but still a good read, in part calling attention to the occupation of the Baltic states by the Soviet Union.
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aka Thomas Altman, Campbell Black, Jeffrey Campbell (with Jeffrey Caine), Thomas Weldon

Born in Glasgow, Scotland, Campbell Armstrong got a degree in philosophy before taking a position teaching creating writing. After his excellent series about counterterrorism expert Frank Pagan, Mr. Armstrong has written several compelling novels of crime and life in his native Glasgow.
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