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Moscow Rules

Moscow Rules

Author(s): Daniel Silva

Location(s): Courchevel, Italy, Moscow

Genre(s): Thriller

Era(s): 2000s

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The violent death of a journalist leads secret agent Gabriel Allon to Russia. But this is not the grim Moscow of Soviet times, but a new Moscow, awash in oil wealth and in thrall to a new generation of...

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Sashenka

Sashenka

Author(s): Simon Montefiore

Location(s): Russia, St Petersburg (Leningrad)

Genre(s): Fiction, Historical

Era(s): 20th Century

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Winter, 1916. In St Petersburg, snow is falling in a country on the brink of revolution. Beautiful and headstrong, Sashenka Zeitlin is just sixteen. As her mother parties with Rasputin and her dissolute friends, Sashenka slips into the frozen...

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Snowdrops

Snowdrops

Author(s): A D Miller

Location(s): Moscow, Russia

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): Late 1990s -2000s

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That’s what the Russians call them – the bodies that float up into the light in the thaw. Drunks, most of them, and homeless people who just give up and lie down into the whiteness, and murder victims hidden...

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Child 44

Child 44

Author(s): Tom Rob Smith

Location(s): Russia

Genre(s): Thriller

Era(s): 1950s

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This is a thriller set in 1950s Stalinist Russia, a regime that balks at nothing and executes opponents without conscience. It wanted to be seen as the perfect society. A series of brutal murders shatter this image, but if...

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Gorky Park

Gorky Park

Author(s): Martin Cruz Smith

Location(s): Moscow

Genre(s): Crime

Era(s): Late 1900s

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They lay peacefully, even artfully, under their thawing crust of ice, the centre one on its back, hands folded as if for a religious funeral, the other two turned, arms out under the ice like flanking emblems on embossed...

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Red Winter

Red Winter

Author(s): Dan Smith

Location(s): Russia

Genre(s): Thriller

Era(s): 1920

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It is 1920, central Russia. The Red Terror tightens its hold. Kolya has deserted his Red Army unit and returns home to bury his brother and reunite with his wife and sons. But he finds the village silent and...

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The Family on Paradise Pier

The Family on Paradise Pier

Author(s): Dermot Bolger

Location(s): England, Russia, Spain

Genre(s): Fiction, Historical

Era(s): 20th Century

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A stunning historical saga set in the early decades of the twentieth century which follows the lives and loves of one extraordinary family. We first meet the Goold Verschoyle children in 1915. Though there is a war going on...

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The Innocent (David Szalay)

The Innocent (David Szalay)

Author(s): David Szalay

Location(s): Russia

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): Modern

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A well researched book about an extraordinary environment and how it affects the lives of ordinary people doing ordinary things with huge consequences. About ordinary people going about their daily lives against a thunderous state backdrop.

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The Secret Wife

The Secret Wife

Author(s): Gill Paul

Location(s): New York State, Russia, San Francisco

Genre(s): Fiction, Historical

Era(s): Early 20th Century and 2011

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A Russian grand duchess and an English journalist. Linked by one of the world’s greatest mysteries . . . Love. Guilt. Heartbreak. 1914 Russia is on the brink of collapse, and the Romanov family faces a terrifyingly uncertain future....

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Under a Blood Red Sky

Under a Blood Red Sky

Author(s): Kate Furnivall

Location(s): Russia

Genre(s): Fiction, Historical

Era(s): 1930s

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Davinsky Labour Camp, Siberia, 1933: Sofia Morozova knows she has to escape. Only two things have sustained her through the bitter cold, aching hunger and hard labour: the prospect of one day walking free: and the stories told by...

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