Sam Eastland

Faber and Faber £12.99 pbk

Released: Jan 2010

Reviewer: Adam Colclough


Adam Colclough lives and works in the West Midlands, he writes regularly for a number of websites, one day he will get round to writing a book for someone else to review.


Who killed the last Tsar? Answering that question could save the life of Inspector Pekkala once the Emerald Eye, Russiaís most famous detective and an intimate of the royal family,  now  just another  prisoner in Stalinís infamous gulag. 

The fate of the Romanovs has been the subject of several novels of which Sam Eastlandís is one of the best. In it he tells the story of Pekkalaís hunt, on the orders of Stalin himself, for the man who carried out their brutal execution in 1917 combined with that of his relationship with the Tsar and his experiences during the aftermath of the revolution. 

Eastland believably recreates life in Stalinist Russia with its unique mix of bureaucracy and terror and provides a plot that moves from the gulag to the bleak abandoned mine where the Tsarís body and those of his family were disposed of by their executioners with breakneck pace and contains a tragic double twist at its end. 

In Inspector Pekkala Eastland has created a character a detailed back story and sufficient depth to sustain the series of which Eye of the Red Tsar is the first instalment, if the books that follow are up to its high standard the loyal readership he is sure to attract  are in for a treat.







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