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This is an auction for THE BLOODY MEADOW by William Ryan.

"Last year, with William Ryan’s THE HOLY THIEF, detective-fiction aficionados welcomed the thrillingly horrific first instalment in a new series set in 1930s Moscow . . . in this second instalment Ryan has produced a film-noir-ish rewrite of the old-fashioned locked-room mystery, complete with creepily gripping, and ultimately gruesome, cops and robbers chase through the great catacombs on which Odessa sits, while Stalin’s man-made terror-famine, which scorched through the Ukraine half a decade before the book opens, is only gestured at, in elliptical speech and ultimately in the characters’ motivations. Yet what remains constant is Ryan’s ability to display a foreign mindset while appearing to be entirely at home in the vernacular. His ear for dialogue is acute . . . But Ryan’s primary purpose remains the serious depiction of the hellish hall of mirrors that was Stalinist Russia . . . Ryan’s unrolling of the mental gymnastics required to survive this upside-down world where the morning’s hero is the evening’s victim is both thrillerishly pacey while also allowing his characters to grow in moral stature."
- Spectator (UK)

"Every bit as darkly compelling as its predecessor with all the elements that made The Holy Thief so successful: razor-sharp plotting, an evocative sense of location in a vividly realised Ukraine and most winning of all the vulnerably human Alexei Korolev making a nuisance of himself."
- Daily Express (UK)

Very favourable reviews on Amazon.com.

Hardback 2011.

305 pages.

Near new condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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