Moskva is a brilliantly written, chilling and sophisticated début serial killer thriller set in Cold War Moscow. Makes Kolymsky Heights look like a walk in Gorky Park. - 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. It's a shot at redemption. But as Fox's investigation drags him 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 her safety. A flayed cat, hung by its hind legs from the ceiling of Fox's flat is just a warning. And if Fox can't find Alex soon, it looks as if she could become a sadistic killer's next human victim . . . Praise for Jack Grimwood: 'Grimwood is a damned fine writer' Independent 'The writing is elegant, the dialogue razor sharp, the characters drawn economically but effectively, and the action is unrelenting' SciFi Now 'Conjures up the city so vividly that you can almost touch the place' SFX
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 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 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 is a pen-name for the critically acclaimed, award-winning science fiction and historical fiction author Jon Courtenay Grimwood. He lives in London and Paris.