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Icebreaker

Icebreaker
  • Author(s): John Gardner
  • Location(s): Finland, Russia
  • Genre(s): Thriller
  • Era(s): Later 20th Century

James Bond is back in this continuation novel set in Finland and Russia. Forced to work with small group of elite American, Russian and Israeli spies, Bond must stop a new terrorist group hellbent on creating a New Third...

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...

Kolymsky Heights

Kolymsky Heights
  • Author(s): Lionel Davidson
  • Location(s): Siberia
  • Genre(s): Thriller
  • Era(s): 20th Century

Kolymsky Heights. A frozen Siberian hell lost in endless night. The perfect location for an underground Russian research station. It’s a place so secret it doesn’t officially exist; once there, the scientists are forbidden to leave. But one scientist...

Midnight in St Petersburg

Midnight in St Petersburg
  • Author(s): Vanora Bennett
  • Location(s): St Petersburg (Leningrad)
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): Early 20th century

St Petersburg,1911: Inna Feldman has fled the pogroms of the south to take refuge with distant relatives in Russia’s capital city. Welcomed into the flamboyant Leman family, she is apprenticed into their violin-making workshop. With her looks and talents,...

Moscow Noir

Moscow Noir
  • Author(s): Natalia Smirnova
  • Location(s): Moscow
  • Genre(s): Crime, Short Stories
  • Era(s): Modern

“crime fiction featuring hard-boiled cynical characters and bleak sleazy settings.” Dirty dealings in the middle of the night, in the snow, very louche, stereotypical Moscow? Judge for yourself

Moscow Rules

Moscow Rules
  • Author(s): Daniel Silva
  • Location(s): Courchevel, Italy, Moscow
  • Genre(s): Thriller
  • Era(s): 2000s

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...

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...

One Steppe Beyond

One Steppe Beyond
  • Author(s): Thom Wheeler
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Travelogue
  • Era(s): 1990s

Travelling across the former Soviet Union is a challenge at the best of times – but in a dilapidated VDub… that’s got to be plain daft… hasn’t it? I was in my prime, hungry to make a mark on...

Ostland

Ostland
  • Author(s): David Thomas
  • Location(s): Berlin, Russia
  • Genre(s): Historical, Thriller
  • Era(s): Mid 20th Century

February 1941, wartime Berlin. Brilliant, idealistic young detective Georg Heuser joins the Murder Squad in the midst of the biggest manhunt the city has ever seen. A serial killer is slaughtering women on S-Bahn trains and leaving their battered...

Red Sparrow

Red Sparrow
  • Author(s): Jason Matthews
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Thriller
  • Era(s): Modern

A Russian honey trap agent targets a young CIA operative to uncover a senior-ranking mole at the heart of the Russian Intelligence service. Dominika Egorov, former prima ballerina, is sucked into the heart of Putin’s Russia, the country she...

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Enter the 2021TripFiction 'Sense of Place' Creative Writing Competition!

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

2,500 word maximum, 750 word minimum

Judges include Victoria Hislop and Rosanna Ley

First Prize of £1,000 / US$1,350

Prizes total £1,750 / US$2,362 

Winning entry published on TripFiction site and publicised on Social Media

Entries close 6th November 2021