Publication: Opus, 2015, New York
First edition. Signed by the author on the title page. Pseudonym of Paul Watkins. As new, unread copy in dust jacket. Sam Eastland continues his excellent novels set in Stalinist Russia and featuring Inspector Pekkala. In Red Icon the German Army has begun to shatter before the advancing Soviet forces in 1944. Two Russian soldiers burrow into the crypt of a German church, where, clutched in the hands of a priest's skeleton, they discover a priceless icon last seen in the grasp of Rasputin, the mad monk who mesmerized the Romanovs. When news of the discovery reaches Moscow, Stalin calls upon his most trusted investigator, Inspector Pekkala, to unravel the secret of the icon's past. Pekkala soon uncovers a plot that involves the Soviet secret police, a deadly new poison, and a bizarre new cult. Receiving rave reviews from Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, and Kirkus, Eastland's latest should establish him in the same vein as Philip Kerr and Martin Cruz Smith.
Inventory Number: 40227