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Kill with a Borrowed Knife: or Agent Ai

Kill with a Borrowed Knife: or Agent Ai
  • Author(s): Michael Wreford
  • Location(s): Beijing (Peking), China, Hong Kong, Moscow
  • Genre(s): Thriller

China, the eve of the September 11 attacks. A powerful cyber weapon is about to be released. Only one man can stop it … Journalist and SIS (MI6) contract agent George Quant arrives on the run in Beijing. Estranged...

Distant Annihilation

Distant Annihilation
  • Author(s): Azam Hossain
  • Location(s): Iran, Russia, Sweden, Turkey
  • Genre(s): Thriller
  • Era(s): Modern

Slaughter in the Balkans, corruption, amorous women, an insurgency in the harsh wastes of a Central Asian failed state, murderous henchman, insufferable natives, interrogation by the enemy, theocratic megalomania, treachery, a sinister crime lord and pursuit by bloodthirsty maniacs...

One Night in Winter

One Night in Winter
  • Author(s): Simon Sebag Montefiore
  • Location(s): Moscow
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 1945

If your children were forced to testify against you, what terrible secrets would they reveal? Moscow 1945. As Stalin and his courtiers celebrate victory over Hitler, shots ring out. On a nearby bridge, a teenage boy and girl lie dead. But this...

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena
  • Author(s): Anthony Marra
  • Location(s): Chechnya
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Turn of 21st Century

The story of eight people (and a nation) navigating two brutal wars, it’s a novel of loyalty and sacrifice and enduring love.

A Death in Siberia

A Death in Siberia
  • Author(s): Alex Dryden
  • Location(s): Arctic, Russia
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

The Cold War is dead but Russia’s ambitions continue to rage… The West is under threat. Russia has been granted sole access to the undersea Lomonosov Ridge in the Arctic Ocean – home to oil reserves even greater than...

A Gentle Axe

A Gentle Axe
  • Author(s): R N Morris
  • Location(s): St Petersburg (Leningrad)
  • Genre(s): Crime
  • Era(s): 19th Century

A great setting of 19th Century St Petersburg for this crime novel

A Mountain of Crumbs: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain

A Mountain of Crumbs: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain
  • Author(s): Elena Gorokhova
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs
  • Era(s): 1900s

Agent 6

Agent 6
  • Author(s): Tom Rob Smith
  • Location(s): Afghanistan, Russia, United States (USA)
  • Genre(s): Thriller
  • Era(s): Second half of the 20th Century

Agent 6, the third and final outing for the conflicted former MGB officer, brings the trilogy of novels to a resounding climax. Leo’s new civilian life with his wife Raisa and his family has acquired equilibrium, but the USSR...

Among the Russians

Among the Russians
  • Author(s): Colin Thubron
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Travelogue
  • Era(s): 1980s

Among the Russians is a marvellous account of a solitary journey by car from St. Petersburg and the Baltic States south to Georgia and Armenia. A gifted writer and intrepid traveller, Thubron grapples with the complexities of Russian identity...

Brief Loves that Live Forever

Brief Loves that Live Forever
  • Author(s): Andrei Makine
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Fiction

In Soviet Russia the desire for freedom is also a desire for the freedom to love. Lovers live as outlaws, traitors to the collective spirit, and love is more intense when it feels like an act of resistance. Now...

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