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Shadow Pass (Inspector Pekkala #2)

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Deep in the Russian countryside, a thirty-ton killing machine known officially as T-34 is being developed in total secrecy. Its inventor is a rogue genius whose macabre death is considered an accident only by the innocent. Suspecting assassins everywhere, Stalin brings in his best—if least obedient—detective to solve a murder that’s tantamount to treason. Answerable to no ...more
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Published February 22nd 2011 by Random House Audio (first published 2011)
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Matti Karjalainen
Mar 07, 2012 Matti Karjalainen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Tom Rob Smithin ystävät, vnimanie!
Recommended to Matti by: Heli
Vuonna 1939 Eurooppa on uuden maailmanpalon partaalla. Stalinin rautaisessa otteessaan pitämä Neuvostoliitto ei ole vielä valmis sotaan, ja niinpä uuden T-34-panssarivaunun pääinsinöörin murha herättääkin erityistä kiinnostusta Kremlissä. Tapausta lähetetään tutkimaan suomalaissyntyinen tarkastaja Pekkala, jolla on kokemusta niin Nikolai II:n palvelemisesta kuin Siperian vankileireiltäkin.

Sam Eastlandin kirjoittama "Puna-arkku" (Schildts, 2011) lienee tullut käännetyksi juuri Suomi-kytkentänsä t
Ended up being disappointed by this book. Enjoyed the first, Eye of the Red Tsar , much more. The flashbacks that provide history and perspective were fewer and not as interesting; they seemed almost contrived to fit the circumstances. I still like Inspector Pekkala and will read the next book about him, but will be looking for more character development about Pekkala, his assistant Kirov, and his relationship to Stalin. Stalin was an imposing historical figure, but in this book he seems like c ...more
John Marsh
Apr 03, 2016 John Marsh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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May 23, 2016 Gwen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Gwen by: Linda from mystery book club
Shelves: mystery
We read the first book in the Inspector Pekkala series (Eye of the Red Tsar) for mystery book club, and one member—known for discerning tastes—said that she enjoyed the first book so much that she immediately read the next few in the series. I thought the first book was good, not great, but I was willing to take this woman's recommendation and keep reading. And I'm glad I did! Shadow Pass had me engrossed for an entire weekend, and I don't regret a thing.

More character development (Kirov is gro
Andrew Lee
There seems to be some variance in titles for these books but I've managed to sort out that "The Red Coffin" and "Shadow Pass" are one and the same. I'm guessing there were different editions? In any case, this is the second installment in the Inspector Pekkala series about the incorruptible former personal investigator to the Tsar and now serving in a similar role for Comrade Stalin in the Soviet Union.

The first volume spent a great deal of time exploring Pekkala's backstory and trying to show
Mar 20, 2011 Maggie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-books
I feel like the character Pekkala changed from the first novel to this one, I'm not quite sure I like him as much anymore. As is so often the case with sequels, the author seemed unable to keep up the quality in the second story. I may pick up the third one if I happen to come across it when I have little else to be reading, but I won't seek it out as I did this one.
Bruce Scott
Aug 29, 2015 Bruce Scott rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the audiobook version. The reading was excellent, the book entertaining if for no other reason than the hero, the Inspector Pikaalo (sp?) is rubbing elbows with Tsar Nikolas and then Stalin. And our hero is an interesting fellow with an entertaining relationship with his honest, capable, and loyal protege, Kirov, whom he underestimates. This was the second in a series, and I understood and enjoyed it without having read the first. So it stands alone, although the many flashbacks made me ...more
Feb 12, 2014 Diana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is not your standard whodunit! The author has such a way with words - here is an example:

"As Pekkala turned, he saw a face in the window of a house, sliding back into the shadows like a drowned man sinking to the bottom of a lake."

Inspector Pekkela discussing personal boundaries, with Major Kirov:
"The only advice I have for you is to do what you can live with. The further you go beyond that point, the harder it is to return."
"And how far have you gone, Inspector?"
"If I ever get back," Pekk
James Murphy
Feb 10, 2016 James Murphy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Inspector Pekkala continues to impress, and in "Shadow Pass," he shows his human side, enabling him to appear as a well-rounded character. In this latest outing, Inspector Pekkala must find out who killed the prickly genius guiding the development of the prototype of what will be the T-34 medium tank. Pekkala knows the tank is an item of interest to foreign powers, especially Germany. He also finds out the prototype is to be used in a ploy to force the Soviet Union into a shooting war with Germa ...more
Jan 26, 2015 Ruth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-historical
c2011: FWFTB: tank, assassin, White-guild, prisoner, bodyguard. This felt like a thinner plot line. I do like the author's imagination in which he juxtaposes Stalin and the Tsar - and actually points out that there were more similarities than one would originally think when looking at their polar opposite political views. Pekkala is becoming a really interesting character and I will definitely be trying to get hold of the next one in the series. Recommended to the normal crew. "Sadness wrapped a ...more
Slabší než první díl - zápletkou i provedením. Autor na řadě míst obsáhle opakuje děje z prvního dílu, někdy se mu dokonce stane, že událost popsanou v prvním díle popíše teď jinak (zatčení Vassiljeva) - nejdřív jsem si říkala, že to může být záměr (paměť je zrádná věc i u literárních postav), ale když jsem si teď přečetla začátek třetího dílu, který časově i dějově úplně přepisuje konec tohoto dílu, tak bych to spíš viděla na špatného editora, což je určitě škoda.
U tohoto dílu platí ještě víc n
Aug 23, 2012 Sorcha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011, er
I got an uncorrected proof copy of this book as part of LibraryThing's early reviewers. There are a couple of minor proofing issues I spotted, and hopefully these will be picked up before the official release. Nothing too major (I hope!)[return][return]This is the second of the Pekkala books, but the first one I have read. As a thriller, it is enjoyable and fast paced, especially at the end. There are a number of flash backs during the book, which I can see as annoying to others, but only one (t ...more
Rob Kitchin
I have a soft spot for historical crime fiction set in the 1930s and 1940s and there's certainly been a mini-boom of such stories in recent years by authors such as Philip Kerr, Alan Furst, John Lawton, William Ryan, Rebecca Cantrell, Laura Wilson, Carlo Lucarelli, and Mark Mills. What marks these books out is a fine eye for historical detail combined with ripping yarns. The Red Coffin deceives with respect to both. For the most part the historical context seems okay, providing some insight into ...more
Dec 20, 2010 Tiffany rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
Although this book was a number two book the story was still able to grab me and pull me in. There were things that caused me to have wished that I read book 1 before book 2, but all the same it was well worth the read. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a little history with their story.

I was very impressed with the way the writer used the chaos of the book and of the main character Pekkala to get his story across. I enjoyed the way that the author didn't give too much away, but l
Nov 17, 2011 Tony rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers

SHADOW PASS. (2011). Sam Eastland. ***.
This is the second novel from this author, again featuring Inspector Pekkala, the highest ranking detective in Russia – appointed by the Tsar before the revolution, and now reporting directly to Stalin. Pekkala’s rank allows him to question, arrest, and/or kill anyone he needs to in the prosecution of his case, with no questions being asked. He holds a special ensignia from the Tsar that allows him entry into any facility and across any border. Once you be
Paige Turner
May 26, 2011 Paige Turner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second in a set of mysteries featuring Inspector Pekkala, a Russian detective first working for the Tsar, Nicholas II and then later Stalin.

This book is set in 1939 with Russia and the world on the brink of war with Nazi Germany. Stalin charges Pekkala with investigating the possible theft of secrets about the new T-34 tank the Russians are developing to combat the German threat.

Pekkala has been told by Stalin that the T-34 project is being infiltrated by the White Guild, a secret an
Cheryl A
In this follow up to the debut Eye of the Red Tsar, we find the Tsar's Special Inspector working in the same capacity for Stalin. In addition to the Tsar's Emerald Eye, Inspector Pekkala now carries a Shadow Pass, allowing him to go anywhere, ask anything, requestion anything.

When the Soviet's newest special weapon becomes known to Germany, Pekkala calls in the head of the Konstantin Project, Colonel Nagorski, who has developed the T-34 tank at the heart of the Project. When Nagorski turns up d
Nov 11, 2012 Katherine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Eye of the Red Tsar, the first in the series about Inspector Pekkala, was a Good Reads giveaway I'd won over a year ago. I loved the book, gave it a great review, passed it on to friends, made a note to follow the series and then became engrossed in many other books and forgot about keeping track of the author's new books. Recently, looking for something new to read I came upon Shadow Pass and decided to order it. It is as good or better than the first installment.

Inspector Pekkala is a Finn who
Jan 05, 2013 Speesh rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
For a long time, I wasn't really sure which way to go on this one.

Was it long and dull and miserable, with not an awful lot of any consequence happening after the initial, interesting set-up?

Or was it a slow-burning, languid, subtle study of a police investigation in late '30's Russia? A Russia still remembering and indeed revering the rule of the Tsars, whilst feeling its way forward into the true terror of the workers paradise Stalin had in store. A story where all that goes before the final t
This is the sequel to Eye of the Red Tsar but I don't feel that you have to read the first books in order to understand the second. However if you are planning on reading the first book it would be a good idea to read it first as the ending of the first book is given away by this book. This book provides a catch up and covers all the main elements of the plot that happen in the first book.

The reader was given more detail about Inspector Pekkala and his history with the Tsar family and this helps
Jul 04, 2011 Beth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

In the second book to feature Inspector Pekkala, history has moved forward nearly ten years. In THE EYE OF THE RED TSAR, Inspector Pekkala is assigned a case that he is uniquely able to investigate. Pekkala had been the eyes and ears of Tsar Nicholas II. As the tsar’s chief spy, Pekkala was known by the badge given to him by Nicholas, a badge describes as an emerald eye. Pekkala’s loyalty to the tsar earned his a death sentence in Siberia but Pekkala survives and finds himself called upon by Sta
Ali Bannerman
A quick and easy read but nothing special in the genre and will make anyone with historical knowledge of the time cringe with pain.

The historical issues are well covered in other reviews so I will skip them.

It is hard to care for the characters who all fit into a few fairly simple cliches and lack any real depth or personality. Case in point, the main character spent years in a gulag, works for the man responsible for sending people to these gulags, does a job which presumably sends more people
Jul 07, 2012 Spuddie rated it really liked it
A pretty good second entry in the series featuring Inspector Pekkala in 1930's Russia. In the first book, Pekkala was released from a gulag in Siberia to fully investigate the death of Tsar Nicholas Romanov--who was his former boss. Pekkala, aka The Emerald Eye, is now an investigator for the new leader, Joseph Stalin, and carries a shadow pass--papers that essentially give him freedom to do whatever he wishes without being questioned. Stalin sets him to investigate the possible infiltration of ...more
Barry H. Wiley
Sam Eastland (Paul Watkins) has created a fascinating series of novels with Inspector Pekkala as protagonist. His research into the Czarist time and his transition to Stalin is impeccable; as is the case in his other novels written as Paul Watkins. His use of flashbacks in Shadow Pass is particularly well done. I have read only Shadow Pass, but will now go back to the first book of the series.

I have enjoyed all his Paul Watkins books and would recommend them without reservation.
May 20, 2016 Judi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the Russian countryside, a huge unique tank is being built for the war effort. When the main scientist in charge of this project is killed, Stalin brings in his own special detective to solve this case that amounts to treason. Throughout this book, there are twists, turns, and 'who is on the side of whom' incidences which keep the action flowing. There are a series of books written with the character Detective Pekkala, and this book is well-written and interesting enough for me to plan on rea ...more
**Honestly, the first good book I read this year!** This was just as good as the first book in the series. I love Eastland's writing style and the lack of actual chapters. To me, that makes the reading go faster and before you know it you're done. It was a fast-paced mystery and it had me guessing until the end who was responsible. I also enjoy how Eastland does the flashbacks to the time when Pekkala worked for the Tsar. I look forward to reading the rest of the series!
May 26, 2014 Mike rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: english-fiction
Sam Eastland is the new Martin Cruz Smith. A Soviet Union-based detective picks at the bones of tough crimes while himself teetering on the edge of the political abyss.

The Red Coffin follows on nicely from Eastland's debut, Eye of the Red Tsar, and although not as intricately created as Smith's Renko novels at times, the author's passion for the history of his setting is impressive.
Britta Söpper
Sep 01, 2013 Britta Söpper rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: krimi
Wie beim ersten Buch hat mir auch bei diesem Buch die Sprache, die sich etwas in Erzähltempo und Melancholie an alte russische Schriftsteller anlehnt, gut gefallen. Der eigentlich zu lösende Kriminalfall ist thematisch recht interessant, aber die Spannung ist eher mäßig. Leider entwickelt der Autor die Hauptfigur des Ermittlers kaum weiter. Das erste Buch war diesbezüglich sehr vielversprechend. Der politische Hintergrund bleibt oberflächlich, obwohl das Buch eigentlich einen anderen Anspruch ve ...more
May 22, 2011 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stalin is in trouble. It’s 1939, the Germans are at the door and Stalin’s military is in shambles. On top of this one of his top military engineers has died, in an alleged accident. This engineer was on the brink of completing the mighty T-34, a tank with the strength and capability of being a monumental force in battle, an advantage the Soviets desperately need.
Stalin calls in Pekkala, his special investigator, who he has armed with a “Shadow Pass”, giving him the ultimate authority to look in
Sep 12, 2014 Rita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the historical parts of the book about the Tzar and Tzarina of Russia, Rasputin and later, Stalin, plus the descriptions of the Russian cities, food, and Siberia (sounds even worse than I'd thought). I liked the story line and Inspector Pekkala and his side-kick. My only complaint would be that the story jumps between time frames, and it was sometimes difficult to follow. A very interesting mystery, though.
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