- Tapa blanda: 400 páginas
- Editor: Quercus (5 de noviembre de 2015)
- Colección: An Inspector Akyl Borubaev Thriller
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 1784299987
- ISBN-13: 978-1784299989
- Valoración media de los clientes: Sé el primero en opinar sobre este producto
A Killing Winter (An Inspector Akyl Borubaev Thriller) (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 5 nov 2015
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A Killing Winter is a highly accomplished debut . . . Tom Callaghan is a name to watch. (Promoting Crime Fiction)
A Killing Winter is a brilliant debut, and an early contender for one of my top reads of the year I feel (Raven Crime Reads)
His [Tom Callaghan's] descriptions are wonderful - sickeningly so in fact . . . an impressive debut. (The Book Bag)
It's brutal but not cynical; you feel it. It's a hugely impressive debut; atmospheric and stirring (Killing Time Crime)
his [Tom Callaghan's] gloomy atmospheric portrait convinces and he writes with style and panache . . . A lively story and a riveting glimpse of an unknown society (The Times)
This is a thrilling, intense debut from a powerfully descriptive writer (The Daily Express)
[A Killing Winter's] portrait of people trying to eke out a living in this former Soviet Union is unforgettable (Sunday Times)
Ticks all the boxes of plot, setting and character. It's definitely worth trying. (The Crime Warp)
Callaghan is a hell of a writer, with a tremendous sense of pace and an arch ear for juicy dialogue, and the pages flies by. (Crime Thriller Fella)
This is a wonderful book . . . the narrative is savage yet at the same time beautifully crafted . . . A Killing Winter satisfies on so many levels (Milo Rambles)
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The Kyrgyz winter reminds us that the past is never dead, simply waiting to ambush us around the next corner
When Inspector Akyl Borubaev of Bishkek Murder Squad arrives at the brutal murder scene of a young woman, all evidence hints at a sadistic serial killer on the hunt for more prey.
But when the young woman's father turns out to be a leading government minister, the pressure is on Borubaev to solve the case not only quickly but also quietly, by any means possible. Until more bodies are found . . .
Still in mourning after his wife's recent death, Borubaev descends into Bishkekâ?Ts brutal underworld, a place where no-one and nothing is as it seems, where everyone is playing for the highest stakes, and where violence is the only solution.Ver Descripción del producto
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After reading the first five chapters of this book, it had to put it away before I physically vomited. I have been based in Bishkek for the past 17 years. Even though I am not Kyrgyz, I found this book to be truly insulting.
The basis for this story is supposed to be his research in Kyrgyzstan, but unfortunately, his only references are to smutty local swear words, bars that are frequented by expats (a cop wouldn't be caught dead in the Metro) and an obvious hatred for everything Kyrgyz. There is a thinly veiled reliance on the wrong sources for his research.
It is a shame that an opportunity to tell the world about the beauty and character of this proud nation has been lost in one man's superlatives.
I for one will not be finishing the book, I wish I could claim a refund...
When first reading A Killing Winter, it rapidly become apparent that this novel was both original and different to what I had read before. The opening sequence was disturbing and just loitered in my mind for ages, as I braced myself for more of the same.
----------Be warned the narrative and plot threads are at times very graphic----------
In the former Soviet republic of Kyrgyzstan in Central Asia, the daughter of a leading government minister is found slaughtered in a vicious and macabre fashion, our lead detective is Akyl Borubaev an inspector tasked with cracking the case as quickly and quietly as possible. However, this is not easy as more bodies are discovered. As the plot progressed I found it creepy how characters that are higher up "the food chain", and who are responsible for defending the public, can often be some of the most unreliable and chancy characters in the narrative and that was the case in point here.
For the author Tom Callaghan, his writing is nothing short of pretty good stuff, the fact that this is a debut novel is just amazing, and I am keen to read book two as soon as possible. At times the writing and descriptions are nearly stunning, he paints a truly vivid picture in your mind until you realise that those accounts are of some of the most wicked and uncomfortable crimes, which you could ever read. In just the first chapter alone, he illustrates to his readers the absolute nastiest of humanity. In a rather overcrowded genre this is a book which is both original and stands out from the rest of pack, hence highly recommended.
Kyrgyzstan, as our readers know, is the mountainous Central Asian republic (wedged between China and Uzbekistan), once part of the former Soviet Union. Critics call Callaghan’s book a “neo-noir” and it certainly seems to fit: dark, somber, serious, and hard-boiled! We are introduced to Borubaev, “hard bitten” and mourning the recent death of his wife, Chinara..
An experienced investigator in the capital city of Bishkek (yes, we all knew that was the capital!), he is called upon (as it’s his job as official investigator of the Murder Squad) to investigate yet another murder. And it is the dead of winter. A young woman, whose body is horribly mutilated, is found, unceremoniously dumped in a park. And the plot quickly thickens: she is the only daughter of Mikhail Tynaliev, the current minister of state security—and not a pleasant man he is either. Powerful and ruthless, he is not a person to antagonize—or to confront. He’s not a particular fan of Borubaev, either.... And as Borubaev knows, just about everyone in the country is on the take (The U.N. lists Krygystan as the second most corrupt country in the world--and we see plenty of this in the book!).
Borubaev is a man dedicated to law enforcement and believes in justice, fair play, and, yes, human rights; at the same time, his manners and behavior are not exactly that of a choir boy, let alone a priest, although, to be fair, he’s not constantly drinking vodka (he doesn't drink, period), falling into that stereotype.
And he has plenty of enemies and others who simply don’t like him. But he’s good and in this nest of vipers he begins the tedious, strenuous investigation, which, along the way not only involves the political forces, but small time crooks, and, yes, the Kyrgyz mafia, the Circle of Brothers. But with all these he’s up against, he does have some (unlikely) allies, a group of “the usual suspects” in such novels.
But the body count mounts, with no sign of a let up. It’s a killing spree that spreads even into adjacent countries! And so the story goes and as it’s a police thriller, clearly the case must come to an end. It does, but not without good, sound surprises. Callaghan doesn’t spare us the violence, though, so beware. It gets squeamish in places—it’s not for the faint of heart (or choir boys!). The author (who is quite familiar with this part of the world) is convincing in his descriptions and characters. The plot moves along quite well and fast-paced and is gripping in its excitement, but, once again, it’s not for the squeamish. And did we say it was a cold, very cold winter? Still, this reader looks forward to the next episode.