As Hitler's forces smash into Soviet territory, a lone German scout plane is forced down. Contained in a briefcase within is a seemingly inconsequential painting of a red moth. Military Intelligence dismisses the picture as insignificant, but Stalin suspects a German plot. He summons his old adversary, Inspector Pekkala - the Finn who was Tsar Nicholas II's personal detective - to discover the real significance of this strange cargo.
As the storm gathers, Pekkala and his assistant from the Bureau of Special Operations find themselves on the track of the most formidable art thieves in history. Their real target is a secret and prized possession of the Romanovs, once considered to be the eighth wonder of the world. But as the Soviet Union crumbles, and the chaos of war is everywhere, Pekkala realizes that to protect the Tsar's treasure he must break through enemy lines. He must outfox the Germans, or face the wrath of Stalin....
©2013 Sam Eastland (P)2013 AudioGO Ltd
Big historical fiction fan and mysteries/espionage addict. Favourite author at the moment, Jo Nesbo.
Start with book 1 in this series. Anxiously awaiting the next one. If you love historical fiction mixed with a good mystery you should really like this.
"Art under Stalin"
This starts with the shooting down of a German reconnaissance plane near the Summer Palace as the Germans approach Leningrad. Inspector Pekkala is called in by Stalin to investigate why there should have been so much importance attached to a rather uninteresting picture of a red moth, and becomes involved in a complicated search.
Entertainingly written with fewer lapses back into the past than in some of the rest of the series. Kirov has a rather larger part.
As usual, an excellent narration
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