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Praise for The Darkening Field
“Booklist lauded Ryan’s first Korolev novel, The Holy Thief, and this successor fully delivers on the promise of that judgment. Korolev is a wonderful character, a spiritual ancestor of Martin Cruz Smith’s Arkady Renko, persevering amid the murderous paranoia of Stalin’s Russia. The plot is intricate, the action satisfying, and Ryan’s use of period detail, including the brutal “collectivization“ of the Ukraine and that region’s nationalist and anarchist movements, makes for exhilarating reading."
--Booklist (starred review)
Praise for The Holy Thief
"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 delving into Soviet politics, culture and corruption."
--Oline H. Cogdill, Florida Sun-Sentinel
“Korolev also is a moral, compassionate man who becomes increasingly horrified by Soviet society... This is British writer William Ryan's first historical mystery... One hopes there is more of Korolev to come.”
--Minneapolis Star Tribune
"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)
"Remarkable thriller.... 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."
“William Ryan brilliantly captures the eerie paranoia of Stalinist Moscow, which serves as an endlessly fascinating background for his compelling tale. This is a non-stop page-turner and a remarkable debut."
--David Liss, author of The Devil’s Company
No real need to add to what other reviewers have said -- except to clear up the inexplicable confusion generated by Amazon's showing of the same novel under another title, The... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Andrew M. Klein
Very intriguing but a little difficult to follow due to the foreign names and places but which also contributed to the suspense in the book. Read morePublished 3 months ago by George Braam
If you're a fan of Arkady Renko you'll enjoy these books. Paints a vivid picture of the era and great characters.Published 5 months ago by Kindle Customer
I believe I have read all of Ryan's "Alexei Korolev" novels. With each one I keep thinking can the next one be better than the last. "The Darkening Field", is as good as it gets. Read morePublished 6 months ago by michael flanary
Good solid second book. I liked his first one i think a little better but I believe as the author fleshes out the character a little more it should become an entertaining series.Published 7 months ago by Bing
Really like this author. This is his second book and it was every bit as good as the first. Can't wait for the next one. Brings 1930s Russia to life.Published 8 months ago by Jack
This book was published by Minotaur in the USA 2011. The same book is published by Macmillian in the UK 2011 under the title BLOODY MEADOW. Mr. Ryan is a great author. Read morePublished 12 months ago by S. J. Huse
Very good mystery, interesting character and terrific setting. I think the Stalinist Era history woven into this crime mystery is informative and we'll written and researched. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Amazon Customer