Inspector Pekkala series, No 3
February 28, 2012/ ISBN 9780345525734
Russian thriller / 1939
by Bob Walch
This latest installment of the Inspector Pekkala historical thriller
series finds Russia both on the verge of bankruptcy and close to
engaging in hostilities with Hitler's Germany. In desperate need
of money, Stalin orders a search be launched for the legendary treasure
trove of Tsar Nicholas II.
What better man to head the search than the Tsar's former investigator,
Pekkala? Unfortunately, to complete this mission, the clever operative
will have to not only return to Siberia, but he'll have to go undercover
in the notorious Gulag where he was once a prisoner.
The goal is to infiltrate a group of convicts still loyal to the
dead Tsar and hopefully discover what they know about the whereabouts
of the missing gold. As Pekkala digs into the past and the murder
of an inmate who also was sent to the prison with a "special
mission," Pekkala realizes that the mysterious Archive 17 holds
the key to a number of state secrets.
Naturally there are those who are determined that the hidden documents
do not shed light on a shocking conspiracy that could shake the
very foundation of the new Soviet state.
As the violence around him mounts, Inspector Pekkala will need
all his skill and cunning to stay alive long enough to uncover the
long-lost files and make it back to his Moscow home.
Sam Eastland has added a new, beguiling character and well researched
plots to the ever expanding list of Russian thrillers. He's already
been translated into over 16 languages and that fan base continues
to grow. Eastland's incredible eye for detail coupled with numerous
plot twists make the Pekkala novels a joy to read.