Siberian Red Paperback
by Sam Eastland
Part of the Inspector Pekkala series
It's September 1939. The Second World War has begun. Even as the fighting rages in Poland, Stalin's long time obsession with the missing treasure of Tsar Nicholas II is rekindled.
An informant claims to have information about the whereabouts of the man entrusted by the Tsar with hiding his gold.
As the news of the informant reaches Stalin, however, the man is knifed to death.
Stalin summons Pekkala to the Kremlin and orders him to solve the murder.
To accomplish his mission, he must return to Borodok, the notorious Gulag where he himself spent many years as a prisoner.
There, he must pose as a inmate in order to unravel the mystery ...As he returns to the nightmares of his past, is this a mission too far for the great Pekkala?
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 336 pages
- Publisher: Faber & Faber
- Publication Date: 02/02/2012
- Category: Crime & mystery
- ISBN: 9780571260676
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Review by adpaton
In his third outing Inspector Pekkala, formerly the most trusted agent of Nicholas ii and known as the Emerald Eye of the Tsar, is instructed by Stalin to investigate a murder at the notorious Siberian death camp where he [Pekkala] was formerly a prisoner. To do so means going under-cover in the Borodok labour camp and trying to survive not only the conditions, his fellow prisoners and the inept guards, but also Stalin’s capricious whims and demands. With war looming [it’s 1939] Russia desperately needs money, and the Romanov gold the murder was committed to protect might be the salvation of the Communist state – or ensure Pekkala a life of unimaginable luxury if he can escape the USSR. This is Eastland’s best yet.
Review by john257hopper
This is the third in the author's Inspector Pekkala series. Like the others, it is a good and quick page turner, but again the whole plot centring around three or four anti-Bolsheviks from the White Armies of twenty years before, stuck in a labour camp in 1939 and planning to escape, recover the Tsar's gold and seize power in Siberia, is just not believable. Again, there are quite a lot of annoying and unnecessary historical and cultural mistakes and anachronisms. Finally, why does the author use section headings that are just named by the first few words in the section, however inconsequential. I realise this last point isn't really a crucial - it wouldn't matter if the novel was better, but is just another irritant in this instance. 3/5