The White Russian by Tom Bradby
A Novel

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The brilliant new thriller from the acclaimed author of The Master of Rain.

St. Petersburg 1917. The capital of the glittering Empire of the Tsars and a city on the brink of revolution where the Secret Police intrigue for their own survival as their aristocratic masters indulge in one last, desperate round of hedonism.

For Sandro Ruzsky, Chief Investigator of the city police, even this decaying world provides the opportunity for a new beginning. Banished to Siberia for four years for pursuing a case his superiors would rather he’d quietly buried, Ruzsky finds himself investigating the murders of a young couple out on the ice of the frozen river Neva. The dead girl was a nanny at the Imperial Palace, the man an American from Chicago and, if the brutality of their deaths seems an allegory for the times, Ruzsky finds that, at every turn, the investigation leads dangerously close to home.

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About Tom Bradby

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TOM BRADBY is a foreign correspondent for the British television network ITN. He has spent the last eight years covering British and American politics, as well as conflicts in China, Ireland, Kosovo, and Indonesia. While living in Hong Kong and writing this novel, Bradby researched historical records and archives of 1920s Shanghai. He now lives in London with his wife and three children.
Published June 8, 2004 by Anchor. 464 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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On the case is Sandro Ruzsky, chief investigator of the St. Petersburg police, fresh from a three-year exile in Siberia for unwittingly and indirectly causing the death of a secret police informant.

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• Read an Excerpt It is the first day of the new year, 1917, and the first day of Chief Investigator Ruzsky's return to St. Petersburg from exile in Siberia.

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