Moskva (英語) ペーパーバック – 2016/11/22
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Seven meets The Lives of Others in this outstanding serial killer thriller for fans of Gorky Park or Child 44.
Christmas Eve 1985. The shaved, exsanguinated body of a young man is found in Red Square; frozen solid -- like marble to the touch -- missing the little finger from his right hand.
A week later, Alex Marston, the fifteen-year-old daughter of the British Ambassador disappears. Army Intelligence Officer, Tom Fox, posted to Moscow following the death of his own daughter, is asked to help find her.
But as Fox's investigation drags him deeper towards the dark heart of Soviet establishment, his fears for Alex's safety grow as it looks like she could become a sadistic killer's next victim.
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 novel, part a story of personal redemptions, Moskva cements Jack Grimwood as a powerful new voice in thriller writing. Not to be missed. (Sarah Pinborough)
Even better than Child 44 (Telegraph)
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)
A compulsive and supremely intelligent thriller from a master stylist (Michael Marshall)
A first-rate thriller - Moskva grips from the very first page. Heartily recommended (William Ryan)
Hard to know what to praise first here: the operatic sweep of this mesmerising novel; 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 Financial Times)
Memorable characters, powerful recreations of history and an unrelenting pace that will keep you breathless. A striking début in the genre. (Maxim Jakubowski)
A sublime writer . . . I felt glimmers of Le Carré shining through the prose. (CrimeSquad) 商品の説明をすべて表示する
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I enjoyed both the premise of the novel, and I loved the setting, the mystery/thriller component was well executed and the plot convoluted.
The novel itself was initially difficult to get into and gather momentum. Some parts were ambiguous and events occurred without adequate explanation to the reader at times. In one instance a character Vedenin was grinding a cigar out with his foot and on the next page stubbing it out against a wall making it sometimes difficult to get into a reading rhythm and understanding.
Not the easiest novel to get into, certainly grim and gritty in places. Enjoyed the second half more than the first.