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The White Russian

The White Russian

Author(s): Tom Bradby

Location(s): St Petersburg (Leningrad)

Genre(s): Historical, Mystery

Era(s): 1917

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St Petersburg 1917. The capital of the glittering Empire of the Tsars and a city on the brink of revolution where the jackals of the Secret Police intrigue for their own survival as their aristocratic masters indulge in one last, desperate round of hedonism.

For Sandro Ruzsky, Chief Investigator of the city police, even this decaying world provides the opportunity for a new beginning. Banished to Siberia for four years for pursuing a case his superiors would rather he’d quietly buried, Ruzsky finds himself investigating the murders of a young couple out on the ice of the frozen river Neva.

The dead girl was a nanny at the Imperial Palace, the man an American from Chicago and, if the brutality of their deaths seems an allegory for the times, Ruzsky finds that, at every turn, the investigation leads dangerously close to home. At the heart of the case, lies Maria, the beautiful ballerina Ruzsky once loved and lost. But is she a willing participant in what appears to be a dangerous conspiracy or likely to be it’s next, perhaps last, victim?

In a city at war with itself, and pitted against a ruthless murderer who relishes taunting him, Ruzsky finds himself at last face to face with his own past as he fights to save everything he cares for, before the world into which he was born goes up in flames.

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A mystery set in pre revolutionary Russia. It brings the extremes of the time to vivid life, royalty at the ballet, hunger on the streets. Exotic for some, squalid for others…

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A story in which the location plays as important a role as the rest of your words.

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