The Cossack Paperback – September 8, 2017
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- Item Weight : 14.2 ounces
- Paperback : 356 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1999782704
- ISBN-13 : 978-1999782702
- Product Dimensions : 5.25 x 0.89 x 8 inches
- Publisher : Tetera Books (September 8, 2017)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #7,946,534 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mikhail is an ethnic Russian who grew up in the Ukraine, and his victim is a young Ukrainian named Ivan, working in London as an assistant to noted photographer Daniel Brooking. Ivan has disappeared, but it’s happened before, and Daniel is not too worried about it until he receives a visit from Ivan’s friend, British intelligence official Anthony Graves. Finding out what happened to Ivan becomes a truth mission for Daniel. All he has to go on are some documents relating to a mysterious financial transaction during the American Revolution.
Across town, Mikhail Petrov likewise studies the papers he stole from Ivan. Though Ivan had cleverly divided his resources, both sets of documents converge on one location, a bank headquartered in New London, Connecticut. Mikhail travels there, and finds Daniel a half-step ahead of him. In author Lawrence’s hands, the shifts between these two characters’ points of view work well. They’re well-rounded, believable, interesting, and temperamentally different from each other. Daniel may be the novel’s main character, but Mikhail is more sympathetic than you’d expect and has considerably more skills for dealing with the hazards this unlikely duo eventually confronts.
You can almost smell the dust on the half-forgotten legend they uncover concerning a fortune in gold. What could this far-fetched tale have to do with modern-day Ukraine? Why was Ivan killed for delving into it? A question that does not occur to Daniel, at least at first, is whether poking a stick at this particular bear puts him at risk too.
Lawrence creates a strong sense of urgency by interspersing a parallel story line involving Ukrainian protests against the Russian-supported government, which peaked in 2014, the time when this novel is set. Ivan’s sister Yana, a physician, is an active participant in Kiev’s independence movement and a witness to the violence perpetrated by the Ukrainian police. Yana is poking a bear, too, determined to put an end to the careers of the worst offenders. Although this thread of the story is thinner than the main tale, it provides a real-life grounding and urgency to Daniel and Mikhail’s activities continents away.
The Cossack is a fine debut, with Lawrence a compelling—and compassionate—author worth watching.
Top reviews from other countries
The characters of Victoria Parker, Daniel Brooking and Mikhail deserve another outing.
Anyone who loves the work of Peter James, Tess Gerritsen, Karin Slaughter or The Jack Reacher series should read this book and publishers should sit up and take note of a hugely promising and well researched author. Remember that you saw KJ Lawrence here, first. A fantastic read.