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  • The Holy Thief

  • A Novel
  • By: William Ryan
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 25

Captain Alexei 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 organization in Russia-becomes involved. Soon, Korolev's every step is under close scrutiny and one false move will mean exile to The Zone, where enemies of the Soviet State, both real and imagined, meet their fate in the frozen camps of the far north.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable Book

  • By Don on 09-25-10

Enjoyable Book

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-25-10

Really loved the way the author captured the pre-war communist fervor in Moscow. He masterfully portrays the uneasiness of the city, and the fear in which most citizens lived their lives. Will my neighbor tell lies to the secret police just because he doesn't like me? Will he tell them I am a secret capitalist. Will I get sent to the zone? Scary stuff. Putting a mystery in the era was a really fresh idea.

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