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The Holy Thief

(2010)
(The first book in the Captain Alexei Dimitrevich Korolev series)
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Moscow, 1936 and Stalin's Great Terror is beginning. In a deconsecrated Church, a young woman is found dead, her mutilated body displayed on the altar for all to see.

Captain Alexei Dimitrevich Korolev, finally beginning to enjoy the benefits of his success with the Criminal Investigation Division of the Moscow Militia, is asked to investigate. But when he discovers that the victim is an American citizen, the NKVD -the most feared organisation in Russia- becomes involved. Soon, Korolev's every move is under close scrutiny and one false move will mean exile to The Zone, where the enemies of the Soviet State, both real and imagined, meet their fate in the frozen camps of the far north.

Committed to uncovering the truth behind this gruesome murder, Korolev,enters the realm of the Thieves, who run Moscow's underworld. And as more bodies are discovered and the pressure from above builds, Korolev begins to question who he can trust; and who, in this Russia where fear, uncertainty and hunger prevails, are the real criminals. Soon, Korolev will find not only his moral and political ideals threatened, but also his life . . .

Genre: Historical Mystery    Get it on Google Play

Praise for this book

"Without doubt, The Holy Thief is one of the best historical mysteries I've read in the last ten years." - David Liss

"A subtle, superb mystery, a wonderful central character and a sense of place and period to rival even the greatest of Russian masters. More please!" - Kate Mosse


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Hardback Editions

November 2010 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Holy Thief (A House of Night Novel)
Author(s): William Ryan
ISBN: 1-4104-3240-8 / 978-1-4104-3240-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
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August 2010 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Holy Thief: A Novel (Captain Alexei Korolev Novels)
Author(s): William Ryan
ISBN: 0-312-58645-0 / 978-0-312-58645-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Minotaur Books
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May 2010 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Holy Thief (The Korolev Series)
Author(s): William Ryan
ISBN: 0-230-74273-4 / 978-0-230-74273-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Mantle
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Paperback Editions

April 2014 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Holy Thief (The Korolev Series)
Author(s): William Ryan
ISBN: 1-4472-7013-4 / 978-1-4472-7013-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Pan
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November 2011 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Holy Thief: A Novel (Captain Alexei Korolev Novels)
Author(s): William Ryan
ISBN: 0-312-55269-6 / 978-0-312-55269-5 (USA edition)
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March 2011 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Holy Thief (The Korolev Series)
Author(s): William Ryan
ISBN: 0-330-50840-7 / 978-0-330-50840-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Pan
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March 2011 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Holy Thief (The Korolev Series)
Author(s): William Ryan
ISBN: 0-330-53376-2 / 978-0-330-53376-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Pan Books
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May 2010 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Holy Thief (The Korolev Series)
Author(s): William Ryan
ISBN: 0-230-74657-8 / 978-0-230-74657-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Mantle
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Audio Editions

April 2014 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Holy Thief
Author(s): William Ryan
Publisher: Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd
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April 2014 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Holy Thief
Author(s): William Ryan
Publisher: Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd
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March 2012 : UK Audio Cassette

Title: The Holy Thief
Author(s): William Ryan
ISBN: 1-4450-1802-0 / 978-1-4450-1802-7 (UK edition)
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March 2012 : UK Audio CD

Title: The Holy Thief
Author(s): William Ryan
ISBN: 1-4450-1803-9 / 978-1-4450-1803-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: ISIS Audio Books
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March 2012 : UK MP3 CD

Title: The Holy Thief
Author(s): William Ryan
ISBN: 1-4450-1804-7 / 978-1-4450-1804-1 (UK edition)
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August 2010 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Holy Thief: A Novel (Captain Alexei Korolev Novels)
Author(s): William Ryan
ISBN: 1-4272-1039-X / 978-1-4272-1039-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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August 2010 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Holy Thief: A Novel
Author(s): William Ryan
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August 2010 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Holy Thief: A Novel
Author(s): William Ryan
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Kindle Editions

September 2010 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Holy Thief: Korolev Mysteries Book 1 (The Korolev Series)
Author(s): William Ryan
Publisher: Pan
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August 2010 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Holy Thief: A Novel (Captain Alexei Korolev Novels)
Author(s): William Ryan
Publisher: Minotaur Books
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