Red Square, 1985. The naked body of a young man is left outside the walls of the Kremlin, frozen solid – like marble to the touch – missing the little finger from his right hand.
A week later, Alex Marston, the headstrong 15-year-old daughter of the British ambassador, disappears. Army Intelligence Officer Tom Fox, posted to Moscow to keep him from telling the truth to a government committee, is asked to help find her. It’s a shot at redemption.
But Russia is reluctant to give up the worst of its secrets. As Fox’s investigation sees him dragged deeper toward the dark heart of a Soviet establishment determined to protect its own, his fears for Alex’s safety grow with those of the girl’s father.
If Fox can’t find her soon, she looks likely to become the next victim of a sadistic killer whose story is bound tight to that of his country’s terrible past….
Moskva is a brilliantly authored, chilling, and sophisticated first serial-killer thriller by two-time BSFA-winner Jack Grimwood.