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Eye of the Red Tsar,
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This is the first in the Inspector Pekkala series and is a very interesting thriller and a good introduction to the series. It is 1929 and Pekkala is a prisoner in a labour camp, serving his ninth year in a thirty year sentence in the gulag. He works alone, marking trees in the forest, in isolation and silence and has not been expected to live this long. Then, unexpectedly, he has a visitor - young Commissar Kirov - with a summons he is unable to refuse. For Pekkala was known as the Eye of the Tsar and now Stalin wants him to discover the mystery of the Romanovs. Are they dead? Who killed them? Are there, as rumoured, any members of the royal family who survived?
This novel takes us through Pekkala's investigation into what happenened to the Tsar and his family, accompanied by the likeable Kirov and Pekkala's brother Anton, with flashbacks into his earlier life. The actual plot itself is not brilliant, but the characters and the historical context of the story make it a very enjoyable read. I like books set in this era and would certainly like to read more about Pekkala and his work for the 'Red Tsar'.