The Cossack

Written by KJ Lawrence — Though this debut espionage thriller kicks off with a murder in winter 2014, it’s not the usual intercontinental bloodbath. In fact,…

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…

Spy Out the Land

Written by Jeremy Duns — It might sound strange for a reviewer to describe rough, tough, bloodthirsty crime thrillers as their comfort zone, but it’s good to…

Child 44

Written by Tom Rob Smith — First published in 2008, Child 44 put Tim Rob Smith on the map as an author of taut, gritty crime…

Kolymsky Heights

Written by Lionel Davidson — Lionel Davidson and his thrillers have been unjustly neglected in recent years. He blazed a trail with articulate and complex international…

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.…

NTN: Chasing The Storm

Written by Martin Mölsted — It’s April, 2009, and on a peaceful spring afternoon in Hamburg, businessman Torgrim Rygg witnesses a woman being shot dead, and…

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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Red Winter

Written by Dan Smith — Dan Smith’s previous novel The Child Thief, an intense thriller set among the Bolshevik-infested forests of 1930’s Ukraine, was one of…

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…

The Distinguished Assassin

Written by Nick Taussig — While reading this novel about life in Stalin’s Soviet Russia, I was reminded very strongly of Solzhenitsyn’s book The Gulag Archipelago.…

The Boy From Reactor 4

Written by Orest Stelmach — The Boy From Reactor 4 is Orest Stelmach’s debut novel, having had some success with his short stories in the…

A Cold Red Sunrise

Written by Stuart M Kaminsky — Kaminsky was one of the most prolific and versatile American mystery writers. During his more than 30 years of…