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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...

Red Winter

Red Winter
  • Author(s): Dan Smith
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Thriller
  • Era(s): 1920

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...

Sashenka

Sashenka
  • Author(s): Simon Montefiore
  • Location(s): Russia, St Petersburg (Leningrad)
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 20th Century

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...

Tatiana and Alexander

Tatiana and Alexander
  • Author(s): Paullina Simons
  • Location(s): New York City (NYC), Russia
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): WW2

The world at war … two people in love. Tatiana is eighteen years old and pregnant when she miraculously escapes war-torn Leningrad to the West, believing herself to be a widow. Her husband, Major Alexander Belov, a decorated hero...

The Betrayal

The Betrayal
  • Author(s): Helen Dunmore
  • Location(s): St Petersburg (Leningrad)
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 1950s

Leningrad, 1952. Andrei, a young hospital doctor, and Anna, a nursery school teacher, are forging a life together in the postwar, postsiege wreckage. But their happiness is precarious, like that of millions of Russians who must avoid the claws...

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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