As is my usual form it took me a while to get into this story It is complex and I always struggle with foreign names, but it doesn t take long for this fast paced thriller to kick into gear It is set in the old Communist USSR of the eighties Major Tom Fox has been sent to Moscow, after serving in Belfast, with the aim of keeping him out of trouble When the British ambassador s daughter goes missing he is asked to investigate.Tom has recently lost his own daughter and his marriage is in freefall Alcohol is a good friend and he finds a bar and a landlord to share his grief His investigations into the Ambassadors daughter s abduction drag him deeper into a dark, frigid clime where a nutter is skinning folk alive Horrific shadows of the final days of the second world war surface with blackmail, deep conspiracy and depravity in large measures.Larger than life characters exist in a plot that hums and twists into corners And an ending that ticks enough boxes to illicit a cheer.I liked this book a lot. 4 starsMoskva begins with the disappearance of the British ambassador s daughter, something that just does not happen to a foreign dignitary s family Major Tom Fox is stationed in Moscow after his military intelligence work in Northern Ireland Major Tom yes, that is referenced in the book is in a cooling off period from his earlier assignment but cannot help getting caught up in the search for the missing girl Most believe she has just run away with a boyfriend and is rebelling her father s post in Moscow As Major Fox continues to look into the matter, events, bodies start to appear and there is definitely going on than a runaway, rebellious girl As old secrets and old men behind those secrets start to emerge, Fox finds himself and the missing girl in life threatening danger.A very good book A bit long due to alternating between present day and the past during WWII Something which needed to be told for the story line Excellent if you enjoy some Russian drama, mystery and misery as I do. #Read Pdf ½ Moskva õ Longlisted For The CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger For Best Thriller Even Better Than Child Daily Telegraph Given That The Definitive Thriller In S Moscow Already Exists Gorky Park , Moskva Looks Like A Crazy Gamble But It S One That Comes Off Sunday Times A Riddle Wrapped In A Mystery Inside An Enigma January, A Week After Disgraced Intelligence Officer Tom Fox Is Stationed To Moscow The British Ambassador S Fifteen Year Old Daughter Goes Missing Fox Is Ordered To Find Her, And Fast But The Last Thing The Soviets Want Is A Foreign Agent Snooping About On Their Turf Not When A Killer They Can T Even Acknowledge Let Alone Catch Is Preparing To Kill AgainA Cold War Thriller Haunted By An Evil Legacy From The Second World War, Moskva Is A Journey Into The Dark Heart Of Another Time And Place Mesmerising, Surefooted, Vividly Realised Something Special In The Arena Of International Thrillers Financial Times A Compulsive And Supremely Intelligent Thriller From A Master Stylist Michael Marshall, Author Of The Straw Men A Blizzard Of Exciting Set Pieces, Superbly Realized Daily Telegraph It s a brave writer indeed who pitches up with an idea for a thriller set in 1980 s Moscow, as we all know and love Gorky Park, and many have failed in its wake But good news crime buddies, Grimwood has cracked it with the atmospheric and claustrophobic Moskva With impeccable plotting, research and narrative tension, Grimwood has produced one of the best Soviet set thrillers I have read Drawing on, and using to great effect, all the inherent and documented fear and suspicion so redolent of Soviet life within this period, Grimwood has crafted a supremely intelligent serial killer thriller, with a depth of characterisation that will draw in admirers of other exponents of this subgenre As the depth of conspiracy and concealment begins to reveal itself, frustrating Fox s investigation of Alex s disappearance, there is a crackling tension to the book throughout, compounded by Grimwood s unflinching analysis of the weaknesses and dangers of the Soviet state that so consistently thwart Fox, giving him a slippery grasp on truth amongst the smoke and mirrors emanating from the echelons of power in Moscow I ll say no to avoid spoiling your reading of this one, but you must seek this one out It s a terrific read, and Grimwood demonstrates again his real flexibility as a writer Add to your wish list now. Excellent account of a rather complicated plot, which Grimwood masterfully pulls off What made me love love love this book was the way a flawed protagonist haunted by ghosts of his past finds a sort of redemption in the context of a flawed society which is on its own way to a sort of redemption, despite the past that haunts it Moscow at the beginning of Gorbatchev s perestroika is vividly painted and the overall atmosphere is so oppressive and bleak that it makes someone who s lived through those times acutely remember them. Gripping political thriller set towards the end of the Cold WarThis serial killer mystery set mainly in Moscow has Major Tom Fox as the main protagonist Fox is an ex priest and undercover soldier in Northern Ireland Separated from his wife and haunted by the death of his daughter Fox is a complex character trying to find redemption by locating the daughter of the British Ambassador who has disappeared in Moscow The book tracks from the 1985 to events at the defence of Stalingrad and the capture of Berlin in 1945 alongside the legacy of the 1980s Afghan war For those of a squeamish nature its worth bearing in mind there a number of quite graphic scenes of violence within the book Jack Grimwood has written an exciting, readable thriller with maybe slightly too many plot lines, but overall a very good read. After a teens body turns out in Red Square a British Analyst is recruited by the Russians and the British Ambassador because the teenage daughter of the Ambassador has also disappeared We get to see Moscow that Gorky Park only begun to describe Tom Fox moves around Moscow like a local including going to the bar of the son of an old General Dennisov an Afghan vet suffers under the shadow of his famous father General Dennisov As he continues to find clues to who might have the girl He is contacted by a leader of Bratva, Erekle Gabashvile better known as Beziki Their talk eventually reveals that the first teenager found was Beziki s son He continues to investigate leading us through the real reason of the crimes dating back to World War II A mystery worth reading and highly recommended Some very violent parts but we are all grownups tough it out.
Moskva is a competent thriller set in 1980s Moscow Along with a time and place, it also shares with Gorky Park, a hero who can take enormous amounts of psychic and physical pain as he strides, limps and finally crawls through a landscape littered by bodies.Tom Fox sets out to find the step daughter of the British Ambassador a journey which as journeys like this tend to do takes him to the very center of Russian power, past and present And of course past incredulity It was ok but well written enough to make the graphic violence too much for my squeamishness while not written well enough to make me feel like it was worth it. This is a bleak, atmospheric and literary thriller set in 1980s Moscow It begins with the discovery of a young boy s frozen body by the Kremlin wall Major Tom Fox is temporarily based at the British Embassy when the Ambassador, Sir Edward Masterton s step daughter, Alex, goes missing With his personal life a mess, Tom is separating from his wife, Caro, and struggling to come to terms with the death of his daughter, Rebecca He is a haunted man, drinks to keep his demons at bay, and is determined to find Alex He has no idea of the dark murky web of deceit, horror, and gruesome murders that he is about to encounter He begins to get an idea of what he is up against when he sees the state a cat is left in at his flat I wanted to throw up with him, there is a sadistic killer on the loose.Driven by his failure to save Rebecca, Tom unflinchingly goes where no man should have to go in his search for Alex Every move he makes is spied upon by a number of influential parties His investigation comes in contact with the KGB, the Politburo, government ministers, the Mafia and The body count is unbearably high and grotesque, tearing Tom apart and me The history of the second world war, and the actions of a group of young Russian participants in Stalingrad and Berlin, infiltrates the present to visit death on their descendants This is a story of revenge, betrayal, and the need to keep the darkest of secrets at all costs The star is Moscow and Russia, Jack Grimwood has a real feel for the time, conveyed through superb descriptions, and its political and cultural life You get a picture of Russia doing all it can to protect its dark secrets It is corrupt, but its humanity is vibrantly alive, captured through the bewitching cast of characters Dennisov who runs a bar, Yelena, his sister, Beziki, Sveta, the Commissar, and so many others The character development is astonishingly brilliant Tom has so much depth to him that he is real, as is his search for absolution The despair constantly plaguing him mirrors the state of Russia The author s plotting sustains tension and suspense throughout This is an intelligent and erudite thriller that I urge others to read Absolutely brilliant Thanks to Michael Joseph for an ARC via netgalley.