'Hard to know what to praise first: the operatic sweep of this mesmerising novel; the surefooted orchestration of tension; or the vividly realised sense of time and place...' Financial Times
‘Given that the definitive thriller set in 1980s Moscow already exists (Martin Cruz Smith’s Gorky Park), Jack Grimwood’s Moskva looks like a crazy gamble. But it’s one that comes off…’
The Sunday Times
'Superbly realised portrayal of Moscow… Even better than Child 44.’
‘Strange and brutal… Four and a half stars.’
'Jack Grimwood is a respected science-fiction writer making his debut in thrillerlnd, and how splendidly he’s mastered the switch… Excellent.'
‘Fucking majestic: the best thriller I've read in forever.’
'This dark political thriller is a remarkable feat. Highly Recommended.’
Ali Karim, Shots Mag
'With impeccable plotting, research and narrative tension, Grimwood has produced one of the best Soviet set thrillers I have read… Add to your wish list now.’
Raven Crime Reads
'Tom Fox is well drawn, the action scenes filled with energy and tension, but the real hero of Moskva is Russia itself, bleak, corrupt, falling apart, but with an incurable humanity.’
'Moskva has quite enough going for it to make comparisons futile. It is a bleak and bloody thriller with a serpentine plot which I think I almost followed…’
Getting Away With Murder
'Something special in the arena of international thrillers.’
'Memorable characters, powerful recreations of history and an unrelenting pace that will keep you breathless. A striking debut in the genre.’
‘Richly layered, stylish, beautifully constructed, and full of passion beneath the chills… Not to be missed.’
‘A sublime writer… I felt glimmers of Le Carré shining through the prose.’
'A first-rate thriller. Moskva grips from the very first page.’
‘Cool, cruel and elegant.’
Moskva is a brilliantly written, chilling and sophisticated serial killer thriller set in Cold War Moscow. Makes Kolymsky Heights look like a walk in Gorky Park.
- Christmas Eve 1985 -
The shaved, exsanguinated body of a young man is found in Red Square; frozen solid - like marble to the touch - missing the little finger from his right hand.
A week later, Alex Marston, the fifteen year old daughter of the British Ambassador disappears. Army Intelligence Officer, Tom Fox, posted to Moscow following the death of his own daughter, is asked to help find her.
It's a shot at redemption.
But as Fox's investigation drags him deeper towards the dark heart of a Soviet establishment determined to protect its own so his fears grow, with those of the girl's father, for her safety. And if Fox can't find Alex soon, it looks as if she could become a killer's next victim...
UK hbk Michael Joseph, 5 May 2016
UK pbk Penguin November 2016