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Eye of the Red Tsar (Inspector Pekkala Book 1) Kindle Edition
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That is not to say I am completely put off this series.I certainly look forward to reading the follow up in the sincere hope that the author is more successful in having his detective going about his business while at the same time evoking the terrifying atmosphere and lethal politics of the Stalinist era. I want it to come alive. I want to smell the fear.
When I finish the final sentence of a book like this I want to say "Wow that was good". I want to feel disappointed that I have finished it because it was such a good read. I want to get ready for the next one. I did not experience that with this one.
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'.
Pekkala is the original 'memory man' one of the Tsar's Finnish guards, hand-picked from the trainees by the Tsar himself to be his special, personal, omnipotent, investigator. That's why it's more than a bit surprising that Pekkala's memory is shown to have failed him at a crucial point in the plot of this story.
This was an entertaining, quick, holiday read though there are some problems with the plot which it's hard to ignore, so just 3 red stars. Will see what the next in the series is like.
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