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The Holy Thief by William   Ryan
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Aug 09, 10

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Read from July 26 to August 08, 2010

Won this in a First Reads giveaway.

I must confess that when I thought of a murder mystery set in 1936 Moscow, I was underwhelmed. I love other cultures, and while I do know a fair amount about Russian history, it wasn't a setting that jumped out at me as ideal for a story.

William Ryan definitely changed my mind. He does an outstanding job of portraying not just the look and feel of Moscow during that time, but also does an outstanding job of reflecting the Russian view of the Western world, skewed as it may have been.

Korolev is a very believable hero, as his strengths and faults are ones we see in many people. Not only does he have to save the day on occasion, sometimes others have to pull his bacon out of the fire.

Overall, this was a wonderful read, and I strongly recommend it to anyone who enjoys historical fiction.
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