Raymond Khoury, the internationally-bestselling author of THE LAST TEMPLAR, delivers an ingenious, fast-paced thriller that delves into one of history’s most intriguing mysteries: the meteoric and bizarre rise to power of the infamous Russian mystic Rasputin.
On a cold, bleak day in 1916, a mining pit in Siberia turns into a bloodbath when its miners attack each other, savagely and ferociously. Minutes later, two men --- a horrified scientist and Grigory Rasputin, trusted confidant of the tsar --- hit a detonator, blowing up the mine to conceal all evidence of the carnage.
In the present day, FBI agent Sean Reilly is tasked with a new, disturbing case. A Russian embassy attaché seems to have committed suicide by jumping out of a fourth-floor window in Queens. The apartment’s owners, a retired high school teacher and his wife, have gone missing, while a faceless killer is roaming New York City, leaving a trail of death in his wake.
Joined by Russian FSB agent Larisa Tchoumitcheva, Reilly’s investigation into the old man’s identity will uncover a deadly, desperate search for a mysterious device whose origins reach back in time to the darkest days of the Cold War and to Imperial Russia and which, in the wrong hands, could have a devastating impact on the modern world.
Packed with the twists, intrigue, and excitement and impeccable historical research that Khoury’s many fans have come to expect, RASPUTIN'S SHADOW will keep readers turning pages long into the night.