With his first novel, THE HOLY THIEF, William Ryan introduced mystery fans to an intriguing new protagonist. The year was 1936, and Captain Alexei Dmitriyevich Korolev was on the trail of a brutal murder during Stalin’s Great Terror reign. Now the year is 1937, and Korolev did not make many friends in his last highly publicized case. This time he is faced with the dual challenge of upholding the law while not ruffling the feathers of the Party --- an act that could quickly find one banished to Siberia.
"I believe Captain Korolev has much more to say, and I look forward to his next outing."
In the shadow