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Holy Thief: 1 Paperback – 22 November 2011

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  • Paperback : 345 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0312552696
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0312552695
  • Dimensions : 13.97 x 2.01 x 21.59 cm
  • Publisher : St. Martins Press-3PL; Reprint edition (22 November 2011)
  • Language: : English
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    4.2 out of 5 stars 189 ratings

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"Without a doubt, The Holy Thief is one of the best historical mysteries I've read in the last ten years." --David Liss

"One of the year's most exciting [debuts] . . . While the search for Russian icons will bring to mind Martin Cruz Smith's brilliant Gorky Park, Ryan puts a fresh, original spin on the briskly paced The Holy Thief." --Oline H. Cogdill, Sun-Sentinel

"Impressive.... Ryan, who merits comparison to Tom Rob Smith, makes palpable the perpetual state of fear of being reported as disloyal, besides dramatizing the difficulty of being an honest cop in a repressive police state. Readers will hope Korolev has a long career ahead of him." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Watch out, Martin Cruz Smith, there's a new kid on the block and he's really good. William Ryan's debut opus, The Holy Thief, set it Moscow in 1936, stars Captain Alexei Dmitriyevich Korolev, a detective in the Moscow Militia who might eventually give Arkady Renko a run for his rubles...Flawlessly narrated, as expected, by Simon Vance." --BookPage

"A powerful first novel by British author William Ryan that I certainly hope will not be his last." --Winston-Salem Journal on the audio edition of The Holy Thief

"The drama, excitement, intrigue, and fear are portrayed with authenticity and emotion." --SoundCommentary.com"

"In his solitude and resolve, Ryan's Korolev evokes Martin Cruz Smith's fierce Arkady Renko, while the period detail and gore call to mind Tom Rob Smith. Remarkable thriller..." --Library Journal (starred review)


"A subtle, superb mystery, a wonderful central character and with a sense of place and period to rival even the greatest of the Russian masters. More please!" --Kate Mosse, author of Sepulchre

"With The Holy Thief, Ryan establishes himself as a fresh voice, rendering the snow-slicked streets of Thirties' Moscow with brilliant clarity. His picture of Captain Korolev as a conflicted, yet loyal, state servant is acutely real, as is his world, slouching toward terror and war. A masterful evocation of a dark time, wrapped around an even darker mystery, The Holy Thief does its magic on the head as well as the nerves." --Olen Steinhauer, author of The Nearest Exit

"A powerhouse debut, intricately plotted, tautly written, richly imagined. With effortless, page-turning ease Ryan leads us into the mirror-world of 1930s Stalinist Russia where nothing is quite what it seems and no one is quite who they claim to be. For Captain Alexei Korolev of the Moscow Militia, the price of failure is a bullet through the head--and so is the price of success. Thrilling." --Paul Sussman, author of The Hidden Oasis

"A first-rate crime novel: a genuinely memorable detective, powerful story and a seamlessly convincing setting. William Ryan is the real thing." --A. L. Kennedy, author of Day

"The Holy Thief is an utterly compelling and beautifully lucid novel, in which murder, history and suspicion combine to create an atmosphere of ever-increasing and constantly shifting suspense." --John Burnside, author of The Glister"

About the Author

WILLIAM RYAN is the author of The Holy Thief, which was a Barry Award Nominee for Best First Novel and shortlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year. Born in London, Ryan attended Trinity College, Dublin and completed his Masters in Creative Writing at St. Andrews University. The Twelfth Department is his third novel.

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