Mystery Book Club: 'The Holy Thief'

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Mystery Book Club: 'The Holy Thief'

The Holy Thief bookcoverOn Thursday, Aug. 2, the Cleveland Park Mystery Book Club will discuss William Ryan's The Holy Thief.

The first in a series featuring Captain Alexei Dmitriyevich Korolev of the Criminal Investigation Division of the Moscow Militia takes place in Moscow in 1936. Especially strong in sense of time and place, the Revolution is still young and Stalin's Great Terror is beginning.  Old habits, difficult to unlearn, and guilt by association with purged authority figures can bring harsh punishment. The sense of place is especially harrowing as Korolev investigates a murder that crosses into the political crimes purview of the NKVD.

Visit Korolev's World at the author's website.

Readers intrigued by the interplay between "regular" and political crime investigation will be interested in J. Robert Janes's St.-Cyr/Kohler series set in Vichy France, featuring a French homicide detective and his German supervisor.

The Cleveland Park Mystery Book Club meets at 6:30 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month, at Barnes & Noble, 12th and E streets, NW.