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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber (2 Jan. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571278485
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571278480
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 2.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,147 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Red Moth by Sam Eastland: as this gripping action thriller opens it is the summer of 1941 and Russia has been invaded . . .

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Sam Eastland lives in the US and the UK. He is the grandson of a London police detective.

Eye of the Red Tsar, the first in the Inspector Pekkala series, was followed by The Red Coffin and Siberian Red.


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Cunliffe TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 Feb. 2013
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The Red Moth is a gripping novel set in Stalin's Russia involving a personal audience with Stalin, a hunt for a great art treasure and a terrifying journey across the Russian/German front-line.

The Red Moth is the fourth book in the "Inspector Pekkala" series. It can be read without knowledge of the previous three books because enough background information is given to fill in the gaps in Pekkala's biography. When the book opens, Pekkala has advanced to a senior position in the Soviet Union's secret police, the NKVD, and is the possessor of a "shadow pass", a Classified Operations Permit, which enables a man to "appear and disappear at will within the wilderness of regulations that controlled the State" and also to requisition any person or equipment required for their special operations.

In The Red Moth, we find ourselves in 1941. The German army is advancing eastwards through Russia and is even beginning to threaten Moscow. Stalin is directing the war effort but is worried about Russia's great art treasures and is determined that they will not fall into German hands. In the art galleries and museums of Moscow lists are being drawn up of the most valuable artefacts so that they can be moved eastwards but for items located in the grand palaces of the west, it may already be too late.

Stalin is particularly worried about the Amber Room, installed by Empress Catherine I in 1717 in the Catherine Palace or Tsarskoye Selo. This magnificent and priceless artefact consists of a room with walls lined in amber. The author helpfully lists its real-life history at the end of the book. It is sometimes dubbed the eighth wonder of the world, and reconstructed in 2003 (see Wikipedia article and click on the photograph to see it full size).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By miki101.Michaela on 31 Dec. 2013
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...for the last Tsar's Greatest Mystery?

Pekkala is a Finn in Russia, ex-super-investigator for the Tsar, and current top investigator for Stalin, as You can read in the former books of the series: Eye of the Red Tsar, Red Coffin aka Shadow Pass: A Novel of Suspense (Inspector Pekkala), Siberian Red (aka Archive 17).

Once sent by Stalin to Siberia to live or die, didn't matter for the new ruler of all Russians, he was recaalled into service because of his special ways of investigating. And for an other virtue: Pekkala cannot be broken or bought - he is absolutely loyal to his master...

Hitler's forces are invading the Soviet territory, but there are scout planes who are entering Russia before the army marches on. One of these planes is forced down near Catherine Palace - supposed to be the hiding place of the most priced treasure of the whole Russian Empire: The Amber Room. The passenger fulfils his last mission in the cruelest way possible. And a design is found in the plane: A Red Moth... Pekkala knows of those moths, and soon will be able to solve the mystery about this picture.
And then will start a race against the time to save the "Eighth Wonder of the World" and to put it into a safe hiding place. But it's almost too late!
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By Noel on 21 Dec. 2014
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I have read each of the novels in this 'RED' series and this is the 4th. The central character in the series is a Fin called Pekkala who was the Tsar's personal, trusted, investigator. After years in Siberian exile he has been snatched from the wilderness by Stalin, the Eye of the Red Tsar, to become his special agent. The story of Pekkala's rise under the Tsar and how he comes to work for Stalin is told in the Red Tsar Eye of the Red Tsar (Inspector Pekkala). In the succeeding novels that backstory is oft repeated but not in this book. This one is much more focussed on the 'now' and it benefits from that as the telling is more compact and it maintains a fast pace throughout.

The Red Moth is set during WW2 in the summer of the Nazi advance on Leningrad and the beginning of the encirclement of the city. In their route of advance lies the Tsarskoye Selo, the Tsar's grand summer palace in the country and in that palace is the spectacular amber room. Before the Germans take control of the palace a German plane is shot down in its vicinity. The plane is carrying just the pilot and and as SS Man. The SS Man is carrying a small leather case and in that case there is a small painting of a red moth. The painting comes into Russian hands and the question is why was it so important to the SS and what were they doing over Russian territory.

Stalin summons Pekkala to investigate the painting, its source and its meaning. A task about like that given by Nebuchadnezzar to Daniel to tell and interpret his dreams, with a similar penalty for failure. Pekkala's investigation leads to a reunion with an old pre-revolutionary friend and a woman who reminds him of his lost sweetheart.
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