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'Even better than Child 44' Telegraph Moskva is a brilliantly written, chilling and sophisticated debut serial killer thriller set in Cold War Moscow. Makes Kolymsky Heights look like a walk in Gorky Park. *** Red Square, 1985. The naked body of a young man is left outside the walls of the Kremlin; frozen solid - like marble to the touch - missing the little finger from his right hand. A week later, Alex Marston, the headstrong fifteen year old daughter of the British Ambassador disappears. Army Intelligence Officer Tom Fox, posted to Moscow to keep him from telling the truth to a government committee, is asked to help find her. It's a shot at redemption. But Russia is reluctant to give up the worst of her secrets. As Fox's investigation sees him dragged deeper towards the dark heart of a Soviet establishment determined to protect its own so his fears grow, with those of the girl's father, for Alex's safety. And if Fox can't find her soon, she looks likely to become the next victim of a sadistic killer whose story is bound tight to that of his country's terrible past ...Praise for Jack Grimwood: 'Given that the definitive thriller in 1980's Moscow already exists (Martin Cruz Smith's Gorky Park), Jack Grimwood's Moskva looks like a crazy gamble. But it's one that comes off ...' Sunday Times 'Tom Fox is well drawn, the action scenes are filled with energy and tension, but the real hero of Moskva is Russia itself, bleak, corrupt, falling apart, but with an incurable humanity' Tom Callaghan, author of A Killing Winter 'A compulsive and supremely intelligent thriller from a master stylist' Michael Marshall, author of The Straw Men 'A first-rate thriller - Moskva grips from the very first page. Heartily recommended' William Ryan, author of The Twelfth Department 'Like the city herself, Jack Grimwood's Moskva is richly layered, stylish, beautifully constructed, and full of passion beneath the chills. Part political thriller, part historical vel, part a story of personal redemptions, Moskva cements Jack Grimwood as a powerful new voice in thriller writing. Not to be missed' Sarah Pinborough, author of The Dog-Faced Gods trilogy 'Hard to kw what to praise first here: the operatic sweep of this mesmerising vel; the surefooted orchestration of tension; or the vividly realised sense of time and place; all of these factors mark Jack Grimwood's Moskva out as something special in the arena of international thrillers' Barry Forshaw, author of Brit Noir 'Memorable characters, powerful recreations of history and an unrelenting pace that will keep you breathless. A striking debut in the genre' Maxim Jakubowski 'A sublime writer ...I felt glimmers of Le Carre shining through the prose' CrimeSquad
Jack Grimwood, a.k.a Jon Courtenay Grimwood, was born in Malta and christened in the upturned bell of a ship. He grew up in the Far East, Britain and Scandinavia. Apart from novels, he writes for national newspapers including The Times, Telegraph, Independent and Guardian. Jon is two-time winner of the BSFA Award for Best Novel, first with Felaheen, and then End of the World Blues. His literary novel, The Last Banquet, published under the name Jonathan Grimwood, was shortlisted for Le Prix Montesquieu 2015. His work has been translated into fifteen languages. He is married to the journalist and novelist Sam Baker. Moskva is his first thriller. jackgrimwood.com jonathangrimwood.com j-cg.co.uk @joncg