Sam Eastland introduced his super Soviet sleuth in “Eye of the Red Tsar”. Now Inspector Pekkala returns to discover who has killed one of the country’s top military engineers and places at risk the secret weapon he was working on.
Found crushed by his own machine, Colonel Nagorsky was the designer of the new T-34 tank. The thirty-ton, awe inspiring weapon was hopefully going to keep Hitler’s forces at bay if Germany ever decided to invade the Soviet Union.
With Nagorsky dead, the fear is the program has been compromised and the plans for the tank have been slipped to the Germans who will obviously put them to good use.
At the command of his boss, Joseph Stalin, Pekkala must determine who was responsible for the colonel’s demise and whether or not the secret of the T-34 has been shared with the Germans.
A highly atmospheric, period thriller with plenty of Russian history and background, this riveting story uses a series of flashbacks to explain Pekkala’s past and the years he was the special investigator for the Tsar.
Curious about the title? It is a reference to the special document that Pekkala carries that allows him to navigate the treacherous waters of Stalin’s government without any questions being asked. As long as he holds the Shadow Pass, Pekkala is untouchable.
This engaging character makes this new series one that has already elicited a lot of positive attention. Once you’ve made Inspector Pekkala’s acquaintance, you’ll definitely want to follow his further adventures.