Moskva / Nightfall Berlin

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'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.’
The Telegraph

'Gripping… Martin Cruz Smith fans will be pleased.’ 
Publishers Weekly

‘Great storytelling is not bound by genre…’
Booklist - starred review.

‘Strange and brutal… Four and a half stars.’ 
The Sun

'Jack Grimwood is a respected science-fiction writer making his debut in thrillerlnd, and how splendidly he’s mastered the switch… Excellent.'
The Times

'Tom Fox is worthy to stand alongside Renko and Demidov in the ranks of great Cold War protagonists.  Jack Grimwood has embarked on a thriller series to be reckoned with...’ 
John Connolly

‘A compulsive and supremely intelligent thriller from a master stylist… Fucking majestic: the best thriller I've read in forever.’ 
Michael Marshall

'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.’ 
Tom Callaghan

'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.’ 
Crime Time

'Memorable characters, powerful recreations of history and an unrelenting pace that will keep you breathless. A striking debut in the genre.’ 
Maxim Jakubowski

‘Richly layered, stylish, beautifully constructed, and full of passion beneath the chills… Not to be missed.’ 
Sarah Pinborough

‘A sublime writer… I felt glimmers of Le Carré shining through the prose… A seriously stunning book.’

'A first-rate thriller. Moskva grips from the very first page.’ 
William Ryan

‘Cool, cruel and elegant.’ 
Tom Pollock.

‘As to whether Jack Grimwood hits the spot, I can give you a resounding “Yes”… Grimwood has sharp elbowed his way into the line up of novelists who have written convincing crime novels set in the enigma that is Russia.’ 


Amazon Top 10 - Fiction
No 1 Amazon - Espionage Thrillers
No 1 Amazon - Political Thrillers
No 1 Amazon - Spy Stories

Top 10 Crime Novels 2016
- Crimesquad.

Long listed for the Ian Fleming/Steel Dagger Award 2017


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...

©jack grimwood