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A Spring Betrayal

(Inspector Akyl Borubaev #2)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  141 ratings  ·  27 reviews
We uncovered the last of the bodies in the red hour before dusk, as the sun stained the snowcaps of the Tian Shan mountains the colour of dried blood and the spring air turned sharp and cold . . .

Inspector Akyl Borubaev of Bishkek Murder Squad has been exiled to the far corner of Kyrgystan, but death still haunts him at every turn.

Borubaev soon finds himself caught up in a
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published April 21st 2016 by Quercus
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Feb 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed the first book in this series, “A Killing Winter,” and was delighted to read the second. I will say that many of the characters that appeared in the first novel also appear in this, so it makes sense to read the first book before this one. After his previous case in “A Killing Winter,” Inspector Akyl Borubaev has found himself exiled to the far east of Kyrgystan. In such a remote area of a fairly remote country, you would think that he would simply be biding his time. However, w ...more
May 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime, top10-2019
The second of a four part series featuring detective Akyl Borubaev of the Bishkek Murder Squad in the far regions of Kyrgyzstan. The first story being set in winter, we now have the spring thaw revealing bodies for our detective to investigate. I’m hoping it follows on from A Killing Winter which was a grand opening book for the author & very much enjoyed by me with it’s noir themes.

Indeed it follows on with characters from the first episode playing roles in this follow up although the murde
I cannot tell you how much I wanted to get my hands on this book. I had absolutely adored A Killing Winter, and I was nervous that the sequel would not live up to its promise and my expectations. I had nothing to worry about, this is a hell ride into the darkest of deeds that humans perpetrate. The taking of vulnerable orphan children and subjecting them to sexual abuse, torture, killing and filming it for the most depraved to view as movies. Inspector Akyl Borubaev who has "learned over the yea ...more
Nov 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: asia-kyrgyzstan
First and foremost, readers need to read A Killing Winter before reading #2 A Spring Betrayal as it is full of references of the previous novel. That said, I read this disturbing well written novel in 3 days.
It is a very violent novel about the rich and powerful getting their way. It is an electrifying and horrifying plot about disgusting, vomit inducing sexual violence against children. Akyl and his partner fight corruption, criminals and for their lives to get to the bottom of this case. Kyrg
Jessica Bronder
Oct 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Akyl Borubaev has been sent to exile in Karakol, one of the remote villages of Kyrgustan part of the former Soviet Union. While there he is called in to investigate the discovery of seven children’s bodies that have been discovered in a shallow grave. They have all been brutalized and murdered but the one thing they all have in common is that they have an orphanage identification band.

Akyl starts looking in the deaths and is warned away by several people. Those that have killed the children are
Karen wadey
Nov 14, 2017 rated it liked it
I think I maybe missing something. All the other readers seem to be raving about this book and I found it brutal and a bit bland. Our police inspector Akyl Borubaev is either being tortured or injured, and his female companion Saltanat Umarova would make a great Bond villian (strong silent and smoking). I think the body count was upto about 14 but I may have missed a couple. Not for me.
Dec 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Brutal and haunting, as expected.
Stefan Percy
This book was equally as good as the first one.

Welcome to the second book in the series, and the continuing adventures of Inspector Akyl Borubaev of the Bishkek Murder Squad in the North of Kyrgyzstan. Although now, he has been transferred to Karakol, located in the North-East of Kyrgyzstan, just East of Lake Issyk Kul.

Spring has come to Kyrgyzstan, and with it, a new brutal crime that Inspector Borubaev is pulled into. This one equally as dangerous as his previous case from the first book in t
Jan 03, 2018 rated it did not like it
First off, I profess an interest, I had travelled in Kyrgyzstan so was looking forward to a book about a place that doesn't appear in much English language fiction. If you want to know about Kyrgyzstan read the Bradt guide, now revised in a 3rd Edition 2015 and a much better read than this crock. I read the first book, which I thought was thin on detail of Kyrgyzstan and unnecessarily graphic but though I would give the author the benefit of the doubt as it was set in the east of the country whe ...more
Sep 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nachdem er bei seiner aufsehenerregenden Mordermittlung im vergangenen Winter für einige Unruhe gesorgt hatte, wird Inspektor Akyl Borubaew von der Hauptstadt Bischkek in die kirgisische Provinz strafversetzt, doch auch dort scheint der unbequeme Mordermittler nicht von brutaler Gewalt verschont zu bleiben: In einem abgelegenen Feld werden die Leichen von sieben Kindern gefunden, wie Abfall in Plastiktüten verpackt und achtlos in der kalten Erde verscharrt. Die sterblichen Überreste befinden sic ...more
Sauod Almutawa
Mar 26, 2018 rated it liked it
The way justice is brought in such stories is purely subjective, which needs to be reconsidered in such stories with such endings (which was quite obvious).
On the other hand, Callaghan is real writer, I found myself deeply submerged in the story in several chapters, I could literally build a connection with the charachters and live the story.
I noticed that the 1st half of the book had a pessimatic approach, whereas the 2nd half wasn’t, as if hope managed to sprout amongst the ashes.
A good story
Nicky Warwick
Jun 15, 2019 rated it liked it
New author for me.
Set in an imaginary ex-USSR country this novel tells the story of Akyl a murder squad detective who is in exile in a rural backwater following the end of his last case.
He is called to the site of burial of 7 children which leads him & his secret services sometime girlfriend into a murky underworld of child pornography & snuff movies.
An easy read though it can be a bit too braggardly in places (Akyl is THE best detective/shot/lover/honest guy/grieving widower/etc)
Andrew Hixson
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Nov 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: english
Very plain detective story.
Jul 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
Very plain detective story.
Paul Grant
Oct 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shades of Philip Kerr's Bernie Gunther here with Callaghan's anti-hero Borubaev. Very good read.
Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a great series - hoping for Book 3!!!
Mar 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kirgisistan, ehemalige Sowjetrepublik, unabhängig seit 1991, gelegen zwischen Usbekistan, Kasachstan, Tadschikistan und China, ist nun nicht unbedingt die erste Adresse, die einem einfällt, wenn es darum geht, Handlungsorte von Kriminalromanen zu benennen. Aber genau diesen zentralasiatischen Binnenstaat hat sich der englische Autor Tom Callaghan ausgesucht, um dort seinen sturköpfigen Protagonisten Akyl Borubaew ermitteln zu lassen, der in „Tödlicher Frühling“ (Band 2 der Reihe) im Zentrum des ...more
Jun 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is the second instalment of Tom Callaghan’s Inspector Akyl Borubaev series, and follows directly on from the author’s debut, A Killing Winter. I thoroughly enjoyed that novel and gave it a 5-star review and so was looking forward to reading A Spring Betrayal

Luckily this did not disappoint. In A Killing Winter, our protagonist, a detective of the Bishkek Murder Squad (Bishkek being the capital of Kyrgyzstan) had to grapple with the vicious slaying of a government minister’s daughter. It was
Linda Hill
When several children’s corpses are found in a shallow grave, Inspector Akly Borubaev finds himself drawn ever further into the corrupt world of Kyrgyzstan as he attempts to discover how they were murdered and by whom.

A Spring Betrayal is the second in Tom Callaghan’s Inspector Akyl Borubaev thrillers after A Killing Winter which I have not read. Although I may have missed the significance of a few references, A Spring Betrayal works perfectly well as a stand alone read
Apr 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-thrillers
A Spring Betrayal – A Journey into a Dark Heart.

A Spring Betrayal is Tom Callaghan’s second book in the Inspector Akyl Borubaev series, which takes us in to the dark heart of Kyrgyastan, a former Soviet Republic in Central Asia. With clear and precise prose Callaghan describes the beauty of a country that will be not very well known in most places in the world, while portraying its darker side.

Inspector Akyl Borubaev of Bishkek Murder Squad has upset some powerful people in the Kyrgyastan Republ
Elaine Tomasso
Apr 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would like to thank Netgalley and Quercus for an advance copy of A Spring Betrayal, an action novel with a policeman, Akyl Borubaev, as the main protagonist, set in Kyrgyzstan. After the events of A Killing Winter Akyl has been exiled to Karakol, a remote, rural town, where he spends most of his time policing drunks until he is called to the site of a mass grave where the bodies of 7 infants have been found. The situation is complicated by the fact that the children are wearing orphanage ident ...more
Apr 13, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
We've all walked down the fictional mean streets of LA, NY, London, or these days even the capitals of Scandinavia.

But Kyrgyzstan? Most of us would stumble over the spelling, let alone find it on a map. But this is the beat that author Tom Callaghan has made his own with his second Akyl Borubaev thriller ( the first being A Killing Winter).

A Spring Betrayal does what strong narratives often do – it brings alive interesting characters and an unusual setting, in this case one that few of us have a
Feb 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Excellent Crime Thriller set in the Far East of once mighty Soviet Union. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Book #2 in the Inspector Akyl Borubaev series. I do love my Russian detectives. In this case, Kyrgyzstan detective (once a part of the Soviet Union).

Detective Borubaev has been exiled to Karakol, a remote city in the already remote Kyrgyzstan, after his last case. He is called out to the countryside when a farmer discovers 7 small bodies in a shallow grave as the winter snow melts. A far-reaching crime investigation begins. Not for the faint hearted.

Inspector Borubaev has been described as the n
May 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Second in the series. Enjoyed it because of the characters (and the way they are developing) and the setting but quite a lot of violence.
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Tom Callaghan was born in the North of England and educated at the University of York and Vassar College, New York. A creative group head at Saatchi & Saatchi for many years, he has worked in London, New York, Singapore and Dubai.
He attended the 2011 Emirates LitFest Crime Workshop given by Mark Billingham: the result is A Killing Winter, the first novel in a series featuring Kyrgyz Murder Squ

Other books in the series

Inspector Akyl Borubaev (4 books)
  • A Killing Winter  (Inspector Akyl Borubaev, #1)
  • A Summer Revenge (Inspector Akyl Borubaev #3)
  • An Autumn Hunting (Inspector Akyl Borubaev #4)