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Shadow Pass [Hardcover]

Sam Eastland
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22 Feb 2011
Pekkala: He was the Romanovs’ most trusted investigator. Now he’s Stalin’s greatest fear.
He operates in the shadows of one of history’s most notorious regimes. He seeks the truth in a nation where finding it can mean death—or worse. His name his Inspector Pekkala, and this time he’s taking on a case with implications far deadlier than anything he can imagine: a shattering revelation that was never meant to be unearthed.

Its official name is T-34, and this massive and mysterious new weapon is being developed in total secrecy in the Russian countryside, a thirty-ton killing machine. Its inventor, Colonel Rolan Nagorski, is a rogue genius whose macabre death is considered an accident only by the innocent.

And Josef Stalin is no innocent. Suspecting assassins everywhere, he brings in his best—if least obedient—detective to solve a murder that’s tantamount to treason. Answerable to no one, Pekkala has the dictator’s permission to go anywhere and interrogate anyone. But in Soviet Russia that’s easily a death sentence. The closer Pekkala gets to the answers, the more questions he uncovers—first and foremost, why is the state’s most dreaded female operative, Commissar Major Lysenkova, investigating the case when she’s only assigned to internal affairs?

Pekkala is on a collision course not only with the Soviet secret police but the USSR’s deepest military secrets. For what he is about to learn could put Stalin and his Communist state under for good—and bury Pekkala with them.

Brilliantly researched and rivetingly plotted, Shadow Pass is a superb story of suspense in a series growing only richer—and with a detective getting only better.

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (22 Feb 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 055380782X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553807820
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16.5 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,402,514 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The Year is 1939...
All around the world almost every nation prepare their militaries to be involved in the so called World War II which sems to be imminent.

In the Soviet Union years of revolution, fear and persecution have left the country unprepared and near to bancruptcy.
Almost unable to face a very probable assault of Nazi Germany, but...

For the forcoming battles, Stalin has placed all his hopes on a 30-ton steel monster, named by its inventor the "T-34" tank, an idea of only ONE man, a genius.
But is yet called "The Red Coffin" by those soldiers who will soon be forced to use it.
Those who were the first to try it out - those men are not able to call it in any way any more...

Because the design is not yet completed.
It is still a deadly trap for those who are bound to guide it against the enemy.
So, when Colonel Nagorski, the weapon's architect is found murdered, Stalin sends for Pekkala his most trusted investigator, known to all Russians as "The Emerald Eye"...
Stalin has convinced himself that a group known as the White Guild, founded by former elite soldiers of the Tsar, will try to force the Germans into an invasion of Russia before the "Red Coffin - Tank" is ready. While Soviet engineers struggle to complete the design of the tank, Pekkala must track down the White Guild and find out if there really are set up plans by Germany to tear the Russians into an imminent conflict.

So Pekkala - once condemned by Stalin himself to make lifetime gulag in the more than hostile surroundings of Siberia for having been the "Eye of the Tsar, The Emerald Eye", the Tsar's personal investigator, incorruptable and unbreakable - returns to investigate.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Red-Hot Premise of a Novel Set in Russia 11 April 2011
By Stephanie De Pue TOP 1000 REVIEWER
In the second crime novel in the new Inspector Pekkala series by Sam Eastland, we again find the detective, of Finnish origin, solving the most secret, important crimes in Russia, or the Soviet Union, as the case may be. In the excellent first novel in the series, Eye of the Red Tsar (Inspector Pekkala), we found Pekkala, called back from a Siberian exile that might have killed many a lesser man, and did, and continued to do so, perhaps still does today. As it happens, it's not necessary to read EYE first, but readers may find the background given there to be helpful, and EYE is a very good book on its own merits.

In that first case, Pekkala had been called back by the highest authority in the Soviet, none other than the bloodthirsty tyrant Josef Stalin, to work on a case with the heaviest international implications: a case involving Russia's former ruling family, the royal Romanovs, the one-time, most recent, Tsar and Tsarina of Russia, for whom Pekkala used to work as top investigator, without portfolio, and with nearly unlimited powers. After his Siberian exile imposed when the Communists came into power, Comrade Stalin gave him back that same position, with the required internal passport, called a shadow pass that enabled the investigator to go anywhere, do almost anything, when on a case. But, of course, the detective cannot but be haunted by his, and the Soviet's past.

In this second case, Uncle Joe has continued to allow Pekkala his shadow pass. The dictator has called upon the Inspector to solve a murder mystery, the international implications of which are, if anything, even heavier than in the first case.
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I have given this a 5 star review as it is a great read, one of the trilogy.
However, I have not read this particular version as I unwittingly bought this from Amazon as well as the UK edition of the second book-the Red Coffin. I will keep it though as it is a nice copy but I don't understand the relevance of the US title.
A great read though.
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