Cold

Written by John Sweeney — It’s an ordinary winter’s night in London and Joe Tiplady is out for a walk with his dog, Reilly. He soon…

A Morbid Habit

Written by Annie Hauxwell — If you had to create a check-list for a spy fiction heroine, then Catherine Berlin would not tick many boxes.…

Tatiana

Written by Martin Cruz Smith — It’s over 30 years and six books since Arkady Renko first appeared in Gorky Park. In his exquisite first…

A classic revisited: Gorky Park

Ronald Reagan was steering his course to the White House when Gorky Park came out in 1980. Meanwhile, an ageing autocrat called Leonid Brezhnev, with…

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The Twelfth Department

Written by William Ryan — Moscow, 1937, and the hand of Stalin’s empire lies heavily on every street, boulevard, public park, apartment block and factory…

Snowdrops

Written by AD Miller — A snowdrop is a lovely flower, but as this book explains in its first few pages, it’s also the Russian…